GUWAHATI: Assam has been declared as a 'Disturbed Area' for six months from August 28, 2020. This decision has been taken under the 'Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act-1958' (AFSPA).
The move is initiated following the recoveries of arms and ammunition at various locations of the State in the last six months and also the recent attacks of insurgents on security forces in the north-eastern region, stated a release.
The AFSPA empowers the security forces to conduct operations and arrest anyone anywhere without prior notice. It has been in force in the State of Assam since November 1990. The AFSPA is renewed every six months.
Besides Assam, the AFSPA is in force in Nagaland, Manipur (excluding the Imphal Municipal Council Area), Changlang, Longding and Tirap districts of Arunachal Pradesh, and areas falling within the jurisdiction of the eight police stations of districts in Arunachal Pradesh bordering Assam.