Last updated on February 8th, 2022 at 02:43 am
NAGALAND : The government on Thursday announced they had extended their Armed Forces Special Powers Act of 1958, that means Controversial Law AFSPA was extended in Nagaland for another six months starting today. The Central government has also declared all of “Nagaland as Disturbed Area.”
Why Central Govt Declared “Nagaland as Disturbed Area“?
According to the Ministry of Home Affairs statement, “whereas the Central Government believes that the region comprising the entire State of Nagaland is in such chaotic and hazardous condition that the using armed forces to aid to the civil power is required.”
In exercising the power conferred through Section 3 of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act 1958, the Central Government hereby declares that the entire state of Nagaland to be considered a ‘disturbed area for six months beginning the 30th of December, 2021 to serve the purpose of the Act as well as.
What is Controversial Law AFSPA Act in Hindi?
Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) 1958 is an Act from the Parliament of India that grants special powers to the Indian Armed Forces to maintain the public order within “disturbed regions.” As per the Disturbed Areas (Special Courts) Act 1976, once declared “disturbed,” the region must maintain its status quo for 6 months.
The law passed on the 11th of September, 1958, applied specifically to Naga Hills while being part of Assam. Over the next few decades, it was extended one at a time, to those of the Seven Sister States in India’s northeast (at the moment, it’s currently in force throughout states like the States in Assam, Nagaland, Manipur (excluding the Imphal Municipal Council Area) Changlang, Longding and Tirap districts of Arunachal Pradesh, as well as areas which fall within the authority of the eight police stations in districts of Arunachal Pradesh that border to the State of Assam.
The move was made just several days before the Union government established the highest-level committee to look into the possibility of a withdrawal of Nagaland’s unpopular Armed Forces Special Powers Act from Nagaland. The AFSPA has been in force in Nagaland for many years.
The notice is issued by an assistant secretary of the Home Ministry, Piyush Goyal who was appointed the member secretary of the panel that will be looking into the possibility of a withdrawal from the AFSPA. The committee is led by the secretary-level officer Vivek Joshi.
The high-level commission has been created to supposedly ease the tensions that are rising in Nagaland due to the murder of 14 innocent civilians.
Protests calling for the removal of the AFSPA are ongoing in various districts of Nagaland the time an Army unit shot 14 civilians in Nagaland’s Mon district earlier in the month, mistakenly believing they were militants.
While it was reported that the Army inquiry team was investigating the incident of firing in Nagaland which resulted in the deaths of 13 civilians who went to the site of Opting Village in Mon district.
A team of investigators, led by a high-rank officer Major General visited the site to determine the circumstances under which the incident might have occurred.
As per reports from the Indian Army, the team was also accompanied by witnesses to gain a better understanding of the incident and how events took place. The team also visited Tizit Police Station, Mon District between meetings with all the members of society to collect valuable information related to this incident.
The army claimed it had requested two times, via public notices about anyone who has details, to immediately provide it to them, either through showing up before an Inquiry Team at Tizit Police Station on December 29, or any information, photograph or video in connection with the incident be made available to them through SMS, phone or Whatsapp.
Indian Army had also said that the information could be disclosed in person to investigators from the Inquiry Team in Dinjan Military Station in Assam.
According to reports from the Indian Army, the Court of Inquiry is moving quickly and every effort is being directed towards completing the case as soon as possible.
Around 14 civilians died in an operation that was bungled carried out by an army of the Indian Army on December 4 in Nagaland’s Mon district.
The government had earlier stated that this was a case of misidentification because the Army had been informed of the extremists’ movements in Oting the Mon district. The government also stated that an investigation team of a special nature was established and was instructed to conclude the investigation within one month.
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