The central government has declared three districts of Arunachal Pradesh and two police station areas of another district as ‘disturbed’ for the next six months under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act. This decision has been taken after reviewing the militant activities and law and order here. The notification issued in this regard by the Union Home Ministry will be effective from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. A ministry official said on Friday that for the first time after a long time, the AFSPA law would not be applicable in two police station areas of two other districts – Lower Dibang and Lohit. This decision has been taken in view of the improvement in the security situation. In a notification dated April 1, 2021, in exercise of the powers vested in Section-3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, the Central Government in Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts of Arunachal Pradesh and four police station areas- two in Namsai district and Lower One police station area each in Dibang and Lohit districts, which are adjacent to the Assam border, were declared as ‘disturbed’ areas. The ministry recently reviewed the law and order situation in Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts of Arunachal Pradesh and four police station areas bordering Assam. “The Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts of Arunachal Pradesh and Namsai and Mahadevapur police station areas of Namsai district shall, in exercise of the powers vested in Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, with effect from October 1, 2021,” the notification said. Declared ‘disturbed area’ till the order is withdrawn on or before 31st March 2022. AFSPA is implemented in areas where armed forces are needed to assist the civil administration. Another official said banned militant outfits like NSCN, ULFA and NDFB are present in some areas of Arunachal Pradesh.
[Attribution to NBT]