Nagaland

Centre declares Nagaland as Disturbed Area; AFSPA extended till June 2021

The Central government has declared the entire state of Nagaland as “disturbed area” for six months, with effect from December 30, 2020 till June end

Kohima, December 30 (NEx): The Central government has declared the entire state of Nagaland as “disturbed area” for six months, with effect from December 30, 2020 till June end.

A notification from Home Ministry stated that the central government is of the opinion that the area comprising the whole of the state of Nagaland is in such a disturbed and dangerous condition that the use of armed forces in aid of civilian power is necessary.

‘Therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (No. 28 of 1958), the central government declared the whole of Nagaland as a ‘disturbed area’ for a period of six months with effect from December 30th, 2020, for the purpose of that Act,’ the MHA notification stated on Wednesday.

The AFSPA, which grants special powers to the Indian armed forces in disturbed areas, has been in force in Nagaland for several decades and it has not been withdrawn despite a framework agreement signed in August 2015 by Naga political group NSCN-IM and the government.

The Act empowers security forces to conduct operations anywhere and arrest anyone without any prior notice for the maintenance of public order.