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Assam Government puts State under AFSPA for six months

Security forces engaged in counter-insurgency operation in Assam favour the continuation of AFSPA in the whole state. In Manipur, AFSPA is in force in almost the entire state, except seven Assembly constituencies of Imphal. In AP, areas governed by AFSPA have been halved to those under eight police stations, besides Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts.

, ET Bureau|
Last Updated: Mar 18, 2020, 11.26 AM IST
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Assam has witnessed bitter protests against the CAA since December last year; five people have been killed in the violent protests.

GUWAHATI: The BJP-led Assam government has declared the state as a disturbed area under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, (AFSPA) for six months, saying armed outfits may attempt to exploit the law and order situation arising due to the passing of Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, by Parliament and lure misguided youths into their fold.

In an official communique, the state government stated, “A review of the latest law and order situation in the entire state of Assam in the past six months indicates the presence of extremist elements in certain parts of the state, even though some of the extremists groups have surrendered en masse, and the armed outfits may attempt to exploit the law and order situation that may arise due to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, passed by Parliament of India on 11th December, 2019, and attempt to lure misguided youths into their fold.

“Therefore, as per the power conferred under Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, the government of Assam has declared the entire State of Assam as ‘disturbed area’ up to 6 (six) months beyond 28-02-2020, unless withdrawn earlier.”

Assam has witnessed bitter protests against the CAA since December last year; five people have been killed in the violent protests.

Security forces engaged in counter-insurgency operation in Assam favour the continuation of AFSPA in the whole state. In Manipur, AFSPA is in force in almost the entire state, except seven Assembly constituencies of Imphal. In Arunachal Pradesh, areas governed by AFSPA have been halved to those under eight police stations, besides Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts.

Meanwhile, Assam Public Works (APW), the petitioner in National Register of Citizens (NRC) case in the Supreme Court, said it will register a complaint with the Madhya Pradesh government against former NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela and will also move the Gauhati high court against him.

Hajela was transferred on deputation to Madhya Pradesh following a Supreme Court’s directive in the NRC case. The final NRC was published on August 31 last year.

The APW had earlier filed an FIR against Hajela with the Crime Investigation Department (CID).

APW has alleged that Hajela has tampered with the NRC process. The FIR alleged that Hajela destroyed the Supreme Court’s order, causing forgery of the public register and committing offences under cyber laws by altering/changing public records by misusing his position and power.

APW president Aabhijeet Sharma said, “We will move the Gauhati high court against Hajela. We will also file a complaint with Madhya Pradesh against Hajela. But despite our complaints against the former NRC coordinator, no action is being taken against him.”

Sharma said, “ Even the accountant-general has detected huge anomalies in the NRC prepared by Hajela.”
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