The Armed Forces Special Power Act(AFSPA) law giving extra powers to the security forces has been partially lifted from three out of the nine districts of Arunachal Pradesh, but this law will be applicable in areas adjacent to Myanmar. This step has been taken in 32 years after the implementation of law in the state.
Since the formation of this state on February 20, 1987, the controversial AFSPA law was in force. This law was already in force in Assam and Union Territory of Manipur at that time. After Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland came into existence as a new state and this law was enforced in these states too.
Justice BP Jevaan Reddy Committee recommended the removal of AFSPA from the state. Under the law, security forces can arrest anyone and raid any place without anyone permission.
According to Ministry of Home Affairs, the Central Government in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (28 of 1958) had declared the Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts of Arunachal Pradesh and the area falling within the jurisdiction of eight police stations in the districts of Arunachal Pradesh bordering State of Assam as ‘disturbed area’
And whereas a further review of the law and order situation in Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts of Arunachal Pradesh and in the area falling within the jurisdiction of eight police stations in districts of Arunachal Pradesh, bordering the State of Assam has been undertaken.
Now, therefore, Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts in Arunachal Pradesh and the areas falling within the jurisdiction of the following four police stations in the districts of Arunachal Pradesh, bordering the State of Assam, are declared as ‘disturbed area’ under Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 up to 30.09.2019 w.e.f. 01.04.2019, unless withdrawn earlier: –
- (i) Namsai and Mahadevpur police stations in Namsai district;
- (ii) Roing police station in Lower Dibang Valley district;
- (iii) Sunpura police station in Lohit district.