State government of Tripura on 27 May 2015 decided to withdraw the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), 1958 from the remaining areas of the state with immediate effect.
The decision to withdraw the Act was taken during a cabinet meet held in Agartala after the Tripura police in its latest half-yearly review found no need to extend the Act further. The cabinet meet was chaired by Chief Minister Manik Sarkar.
The state government will forward the decision to the Union Home Ministry for formal withdrawal of the Central Act.
The Act was enforced in the state by the Union Government on 16 February 1997 in 40 police station areas of the state, dominated by the tribal due to relentless violence and bloodshed. Since then, the Act was reviewed and extended in every six months.
Earlier in June 2013, the Act was withdrawn from nine police stations, following decline in the incidents in insurgency.
As a result, the number of police stations under the Act was reduced to 25 from existing 34 and the number of police stations under partial imposition of the Act was increased from six to seven.
The Opposition Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) has been demanding repeal of the Act from the entire state and alleged that the Act was working as a tool of harassment to the people living in remote areas of the State.
Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA)
The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), 1958 was passed on 11 September 1958. The law grants special powers to the Indian Armed Forces in disturbed areas across the country.
Disturbed area means an area which is for the time being declared by notification under section 3 to be a disturbed area.
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