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Nagaland declared ‘disturbed area’ for six more months under AFSPA

The entire state of Nagaland has been declared a “disturbed area” for six more months, till December, under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act. This act empowers security forces to carry out operations anywhere and arrest anyone without any prior warrant.  

In a notification, the Union Home Ministry said on Wednesday the government thinks that the area comprising the whole of the northeastern state is in such a disturbed and dangerous condition that the use of armed forces in aid of civil power is necessary. 

Official sources said that the decision has been taken as killings, loot, and extortion cases have been going on in various parts of the state which necessitated the action for the convenience of the security forces operating there.  

The AFSPA Act has been in force in Nagaland for decades. It was not withdrawn even after a framework agreement was signed on 30th August 2015 between Naga insurgent group NSCN-IM general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah and government interlocutor RN Ravi in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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