Assam Extends Disturbed Area AFSPA Status For Another Six Months

Assam Extends Disturbed Area AFSPA Status For Another Six Months

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The AFSPA was imposed in Assam in 1990 and has been extended every 6 months. (Representational)

The Assam government has extended the existing "disturbed area" status of the state for another six months from February 27 under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA).

"As per powers conferred under section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, the Governor of Assam has declared the entire state of Assam as 'disturbed area' upto six months beyond February 21, unless withdrawn earlier," according to an official release.

The release did not cite any particular reason for the extension, but sources said that it was in view of the assembly elections due in April-May and recovery of arms and ammunitions from some parts of the state.

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