AFSPA to be extended in eight Assam districts

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The Assam government will extend the ‘disturbed area’ tag under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) for another six months in eight districts of the state from 1 April, reported PTI.

It will be extended for Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Charaideo, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao, according to a notification issued by the state home and political department.

The tag, however, would be lifted from Lakhipur sub-division of Cachar district from 1 April, following a review of the law and order scenario in the state.

The Centre had earlier announced removal of AFSPA from 1 April 2022 from the entire state of Assam barring nine districts and a sub-division of Cachar district.

The state was declared a ‘disturbed area’ under AFSPA during the intervening night of 27-28 November 1990, and this has been extended every six months since then. (PTI)

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