Assam: AFSPA should continue in entire state to deal with insurgent outfits

Assam: AFSPA should continue in entire state to deal with insurgent outfits
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GUWAHATI | February 26, 2020:

Assam police, and Army wants Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) to continue in the entire state,
to deal with some insurgent outfits, according to sources.

Two districts of upper Assam are still witnessing insurgent activities led by anti-talk Ulfa which is also known as Ulfa (Independent).

Recently, three factions of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland inked an accord and relinquished the demand for a separate state of Bodoland.

With elections to the Sixth Schedule area of Bodoland Territorial Region round the corner, violent incidents have, however, restarted.

Army was requisitioned during the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protest last December. The protest took a violent turn in Guwahati and in upper Assam and five people were killed.

A senior officer in Assam police, who did not want to be named, said Afspa is necessary now and we need Afspa to work smoothly.

It is to be mentioned that AFSPA, grant special powers to the Indian Armed Forces the power to maintain public order in "disturbed areas", it empowers the armed forces to enter any premises or arrest any person without a warrant.

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