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Students’ Federation opposes extension of AFSPA

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Itagar, April 5: Days after the Centre has decided to extend Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) 1958 in Tirap, Changlang and Longding (TCL) districts in Aruchal Pradesh, the Aruchal ga Students’ Federation (ANSF) has strongly condemned the move of extending the draconian law in the State.
In a statement on Thursday, the federation said the draconian law gives free hand to Armed Forces to torture and kill innocent people. The ANSF appealed to the Centre to repeal
 AFSPA from the TCL areas stating that the people of areas want peace and tranquility.
The Centre extended AFSPA in the three districts on Monday by another six months.
According to a notification issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, TCL and eight police stations bordering Assam were declared as ‘disturbed areas’ under AFSPA 1958.
The Acts gives special rights and immunities to the security forces in carrying out various operations.

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