The Assam Government on 1 September 2017 declared the entire state as “disturbed area” for six months beginning 1 September 2017 under Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA).
This is the first time in 27 years that the state government took call on AFSPA and extended the term of the Act.
The declaration was made after the state government assessed the present law and order situation in the state which has continued to be a matter of concern due to some violent incidents by underground outfits.
Earlier, On 3 August 2017, the Union Government declared entire Assam as “disturbed” under the AFSPA with effect from 3 August to 31 August 2017. And the same has now been extended by the state government for a period of six months.
AFSPA has been continuing in Assam since November 1990.
There were 75 incidents of violence in Assam in 2016 in which 33 people, including four security personnel, were killed and 14 others were abducted. The violence was sparked in Assam by insurgent groups like ULFA, NDFB and others.
When: 1 September 2017