Kohima, December 30 (NE): The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) has been extended for another six months in Nagaland, from December 30, 2019 and will be in force till June 30, 2020. The Ministry of Home Affairs, asserting the state continues to be in a “disturbed and dangerous condition”.
A notification from the Ministry of Home Affairs said the Centre was of the opinion that the area comprising whole of Nagaland is in such a disturbed condition that the use of armed forces in aid of civil power is necessary.
“Now, 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 hereby declares that the whole of the said State to be a ‘disturbed area’ for a period of six months with effect from 30th December, 2019 for the purpose of that Act,” the notification stated.
The AFSPA gives the military sweeping powers to search and arrest, and to open fire if they deem it necessary for “the maintenance of public order”, and to do so with a degree of immunity from prosecution. Nagaland has been under AFSPA for almost six decades now.