Disturbed Area Act extended for six months in Assam

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HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, March 3: Two days after Union home minister announced that the law-and-order situation has improved in the state, Assam government on Saturday announced extension of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) by another six months in the state.

The home and political department by a notification dated February 28 last has declared the entire state as “Disturbed Area” under Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 upto six months beyond February 28, unless withdrawn earlier, an official release informed in Guwahati on Saturday.

The Act, which gives special rights and immunity to security forces in carrying out various operations in “disturbed” areas, has been extended by up to six months unless withdrawn earlier.

Notably, Union home minister Rajnath Singh had on Thursday said the law and order situation in Assam had improved and the era of violence was over during the BJP-led government in Assam.

“In December 2014, I said there was no place for violence in the land of Assam. I am happy to say that the law and order situation has improved in Assam. The era of violence is over,” he had said at a function in Jamugurihat.

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