The Union government on Thursday decided to remove the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from parts of the states of Nagaland, Manipur, and Assam.
“In a significant step, GoI under the decisive leadership of PM Shri @NarendraModi Ji has decided to reduce disturbed areas under Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in the states of Nagaland, Assam and Manipur after decades,” Union Home Minister Amit Shah said in a tweet on Thursday.
This development can be traced back to rigorous demands of the act's repeal after the mistaken killing of nearly a dozen innocents by the Army in the Mon district of Nagaland.
Welcoming the development, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that around 60 per cent of the state’s area will now be free from AFSPA’s purview. Nagaland's CM also welcomed the move and stated that he was 'grateful' to the Centre for this move.