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Manipur: United Naga Council questions govt’s selective approach on lifting AFSPA

In Manipur, the United Naga Council has questioned the government why it was selective in lifting the Disturbed Areas Act in the state and chose to remove AFSPA only in

In Manipur, the United Naga Council has questioned the government why it was selective in lifting the Disturbed Areas Act in the state and chose to remove AFSPA only in the “valley areas” of Manipur.

In this regard, UNC has questioned the rationale of not lifting AFSPA in the “Hill Areas” of Manipur when a ceasefire agreement between the Government of India and NSCN is in place since 1997 and the Suspension of Operation with the “Kuki Chin Group” is effectively being implemented.

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UNC has therefore called for serious dialogue and sincerely addressing all issues for a lasting political solution in the region. According to UNC, in the context of Manipur, it is the “usual discriminatory attitude” of the State Government towards the Hill areas.

The body added, though New Delhi alone has the power to make decisions, inputs from the State Government is crucial and hence lifting of Disturbed Areas Act selectively only in the valley areas points to the fact that ‘Hill Areas’ will continue to endure the pain and agony of AFSPA.

The UNC further added that the removal of AFSPA from selective areas is a deceptive move of the Government as no substantial change in military mobilization can be seen and has no relevance to the affected people. UNC also urged the Government of India to desist from indulging in discriminatory action and repeal the outdated draconian law.

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First Published: 4th April, 2022 13:56 IST

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