Entire Assam Declared “Disturbed Area”

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The Centre has declared the entire State of Assam a “disturbed” area under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act for three more months, citing various violent activities by insurgent groups ULFA, NDFB and others.

In a notification, the Home Ministry said the entire State, besides bordering areas of Meghalaya, have been declared “disturbed” under the AFSPA for three months with effect from May 3.

There were 75 incidents of violence in Assam in 2016 in which 33 people, were killed.

Armed Forces (Special Powers) Acts (AFSPA) is the Act of the Parliament of India that grant special powers to the Indian Armed Forces in what each act terms “disturbed areas”.

According to The Disturbed Areas (Special Courts) Act, 1976 once declared ‘disturbed’, the area has to maintain status quo for a minimum of 3 months.

The Acts have received criticism from several sections for alleged concerns about human rights violations in the regions of its enforcement alleged to have happened.

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