The Ministry of Home Affairs has decided to extend the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) in Nagaland for a period of six more months with immediate effect.
The Gazette notification from the Home Ministry stated that the ‘entire state’ is disturbed and in a dangerous situation and the use of armed force to aid civil power is necessary.
Notably, the state has been under the rule for the past six decades and the act has not been removed even though a framework was signed between the NSCN (IM) General secretary Thuingaleng Muivah and government interlocutor RN RAVI in presence of prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The AFSPA grants special powers to the Indian Armed forces in the disturbed areas declared by the Central government. The draconian Act allows the armed forces to use whatever deemed necessary to maintain public order.