FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
Itagar, May 6: A team of All Aruchal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) led by its President Kamta Lapung and NESO Adviser Pritam Som met Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju at New Delhi on Sunday last. During the meeting, both Lapung and Som reviewed the 15 days of ultimatum submitted to Rijiju earlier on complete withdrawal of Arms Forces Special Powers Act 1958 (AFSPA) from Aruchal Pradesh and discussed various perspectives of AFSPA and the centre’s attitude on the immediate rollback of the Act, informed a press release.
After long discourse on the subject, Rijiju positively accepted the demands made by AAPSU and informed that AFSPA in the state was only for a specified purpose and time. While considering AAPSU’s demands and sentiments, the union minister stated that he has already rolled back the extension of AFSPA to nine districts however it would remain in the state as it was since 1990s but with a reduced radius of operation from 20km to its nearest police station of border area against the old one. Rijiju further informed that AFSPA will be active in the state with the assistant of 16 Police stations at the border areas and instructions has been given to ara-military personnel that even at the time of operation they cannot enter the house of any tribal people without consulting or taking help from the local Gao Bura, Panchayat member or any prominent citizen in the suspected areas, the release added.