Centre extends AFSPA in Nagaland

The Centre has extended “disturbed area” status of Nagaland under the controversial Armed Forces (Special Protection) Act for one more year, citing that the state is in a “dangerous condition”.

In a notification issued a week ago, the Centre said it was of the opinion that the area comprised within the limits of the “whole of the state of Nagaland” is in such a “disturbed or dangerous condition” that the “use of armed forces in aid of the 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 whole of the said State to be a 'disturbed area for a period of one year with effect from the 30th June, 2015 for the purpose of that Act,” it said.

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