The Assam Rifles has been granted more power by the Centre to arrest anyone and search a place without a warrant in the border districts of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland and Mizoram.

As per a Union Home Ministry notification, the power have been granted to the paramilitary force under the Code of Criminal Procedure.

Earlier, Assam Rifles was making arrests in areas where the Armed Forces Special Powers Act was in effect.

Under this new arrangement, the Assam Rifles will exercise these powers and discharge their duties under sub-section 1 of sections 41, 47, 48, 49, 51, 53, 54, 149, 150, 151 and 152 of the CrPC.

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