AFSPA extended for six months in Nagaland

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The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has declared Nagaland a “disturbed area” for six more months till December-end under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). The AFSPA empowers security forces to conduct operations anywhere and arrest anyone without prior notice.

The MHA in a notification said the central government is of the opinion that the area comprising the whole state of Nagaland is in such a “disturbed and dangerous condition” that the use of armed forces in aid of the civil power is necessary.

It may be mentioned here that AFSPA has been in force in Nagaland for several decades and it has not been withdrawn even after a framework agreement between NSCN-IM and Government of India on August 3, 2015.

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