The central government has declared three districts and four police stations of Arunachal Pradesh as “disturbed area” under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) by six more months after a review of law and order.
The Union Home Ministry said in a notification that the order comes into effect from October 1.
As per the notification, “Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts in Arunachal Pradesh and the areas falling within the jurisdiction of the following four police stations in other districts of Arunachal Pradesh, bordering the State of Assam, are declared as ”disturbed area” under Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 up to 31.03.2021 w.e.f. 01.10.2020, unless withdrawn earlier.”
The four police stations are Namsai and Mahadevpur in Namsai district, Roing in Lower Dibang Valley and Sunpura in Lohit district.
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The AFSPA is imposed in areas where armed forces are required to operate in aid to civil authorities. For AFSPA to become valid, an area, however, needs to be declared disturbed either by the central or the state governments under section 3 of the 1958 Act.
Some parts of Arunachal Pradesh have presence of banned militant outfits like National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) and United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA-I).
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