Assam Rifles given power to arrest without warrant

The Assam Rifles have been given power to detain, search and arrest anyone without any warrant in the North Eastern states.

According to a Home Ministry notification, “an officer of the rank corresponding to that of the lowest rank of members of the Assam Rifles” has been given these powers under the Code of Criminal Procedure.

Assam Rifles personnel will exercise these powers and discharge their duties “under sub-section(1) of section 41, sections 47, 48, 49, 51, 53, 54, 149, 150, 151 and 152 of the CrPC within the local limits of the area… within the border districts of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland and Mizoram”, the notification said.

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