Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act
1958 act of the Parliament of India
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Armed Forces Act (AFSPA), 1958 is an act of the Parliament of India that grants special powers to the Indian Armed Forces to maintain public order in "disturbed areas". According to the Disturbed Areas Act, 1976 once declared 'disturbed', the area has to maintain status quo for a minimum of 3 months. One such act passed on 11 September 1958 was applicable to the Naga Hills, then part of Assam. In the following decades it spread, one by one, to the other Seven Sister States in India's northeast. Another one passed in 1983 and applicable to Punjab and Chandigarh was withdrawn in 1997, roughly 14 years after it came to force. An act passed in 1990 was applied to Jammu and Kashmir and has been in force since.
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'Disturbed areas' in northeast under AFSPA to be reduced: Amit ShahThe Centre has decided to decrease the jurisdiction of 'disturbed areas' declared under the AFSPA in Nagaland, Assam and Manipur from April. Union home minister Amit Shah said the decision had been..
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AFSPA extended in parts of Arunachal, NagalandThe Union home ministry on Friday extended for six months the "disturbed area" status in parts of Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958. According to two..
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AFSPA to be withdrawn from Nagaland? Panel formed to examine possibilityThe announcement comes amid growing demand to lift AFSPA from the northeastern state.
Panel to look into withdrawal of AFSPA, says Nagaland governmentThe Nagaland government on Sunday said that a new committee will be instituted to look into the withdrawal of the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act [AFSPA] in the state.The decision was..
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