Amit Shah says that under AFSPA, troubled areas in the North East will be reduced.
In a statement which could have a huge impact on the North East, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said the Center would reduce the troubled areas in the states of Nagaland, Assam and Manipur under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).
In a significant step, the GoI, under the decisive leadership of Prime Minister @NarendraModiji, has decided to reduce the troubled areas under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in the states of Nagaland, Assam and Manipur after decades. Amit Shah tweeted.
Shah further said that the reduction in areas under AFSPA is the result of improved security situation and rapid development due to continuous efforts and numerous agreements by PM @narendramodi government to end insurgency and bring lasting peace in the North East.
AFSPA has been a hotly debated issue in the Northeast, and in the wake of the Oting Massacre, Nagaland has seen a number of protests against the repeal of the law. Manipur, where the recent elections were held, witnessed large-scale protests against the AFSPA, along with the Nagaland People’s Front, which won 5 seats in the hilly areas, making AFSPA their main agenda during the elections. One of them had to be canceled.