New Delhi: Nagaland has been declared a disturbed area till December-end, under the controversial AFSPA, i.e, allowing security forces to conduct operations anywhere and arrest anyone without prior notice. The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act has been in force in Nagaland for several decades. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said that the central government is of the opinion that the use of armed forces in aid of the civil power is necessary because the area comprising the whole state of Nagaland is in very disturbed and dangerous condition. 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 Nagaland to be a disturbed area for a period of six months with effect from 30th June 2019. An MHA official said that the decision to continue the declaration of Nagaland as the disturbed area has been taken as killings, loot and has lead to extortion in various parts of the state which made it mandatory to take the action for the convenience of the security forces operating there. There have been demands from various organizations in the Northeast as well as in Jammu and Kashmir for repealing the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), which gives sweeping powers to security forces. The AFSPA has been in force in Nagaland for several decades. It has not been withdrawn even after a framework agreement signed on 3rd August 2015, by Naga insurgent group NSCN-IM general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah and government interlocutor R N Ravi in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The framework agreement came after over 80 rounds of negotiations, spanning 18 years with the first breakthrough in 1997 when the ceasefire agreement was sealed after decades of insurgency in Nagaland.
Bureau News, Kokan Now, New Delhi.