AFSPA to go from Tripura, Manipur may follow!

AGARTALA (Tripura) and IMPHAL (Manipur) – The day is not far when Iron lady Irom Sharmila may finally stop her decades long hunger strike. Two significant developments took place on Thursday in the North east region. Chief Minister Manik Sarkar announced that, because of ‘significant improvement’ in the overall law and order situation in Tripura over the past few years, the State Government has decided to withdraw the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA), very shortly. While in Imphal, Member of parliament P T Raja, a member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs has indicated that the Union Government is considering the possibility of doing the same in Manipur and Jammu-Kashmir.

In Tripura, the Council of Ministers has already cleared the proposal of rolling back the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act-1958 following a green signal from the State police.

Speaking to media at the Civil Secretariat here recently, Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said after a major change in the law and order situation, the State Government had asked the police to explore feasibility of withdrawing the AFSPA. “The police, after studying all aspects, suggested there will be no adverse impact in the law and order situation if the Act is rolled back.

Following persistent demand by the armed forces, the State Government had to propose to enforce AFSPA before the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). Of the total 74 police stations, 26 police stations were brought under the Act while it is enforced in parts of four other police stations. After the Cabinet decision, the Act would be withdrawn from the State very shortly.

According to security analysts, the decision of withdrawing AFSPA involves no risk right now with the militant outfits like NLFT and ATTF struggling for their existence. – Correspondent

IMPHAL: The Centre is considering to remove the Armed Forces Special Powers’ Act (AFSPA) from Manipur and Jammu and Kashmir. This was revealed by MP T Raja, a member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs. The team, comprising 31 MPs, is currently on a three-day visit to Manipur.

The team led by Rajya Sabha MP B Bhattacharya visited the National Sports Academy here. Speaking to media persons, Raja said that the Centre is considering the long-withstanding demands of the people of Manipur and J&K to remove AFSPA from both the States, and is having discussions to see the prospects of its removal.

Irom Sharmila has been protesting against the AFPSA for over a decade now….

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