GUWAHATI: The ministry of home affairs has notified continuation of ‘disturbed areas’ status in three districts and areas under four police stations of Arunachal Pradesh under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act of 1958 for six more months after review of insurgent activities and the law and order situation there. The order came into effect from October 1.
According to the notification, Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts and the areas falling within the jurisdiction of four police stations of Namsai and Mahadevpur in Namsai district, Roing in Lower Dibang Valley and Sunpura in Lohit district “are declared as disturbed area under Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 up to 31.03.2021 w.e.f. 01.10.2020, unless withdrawn earlier.”
The decision to extend the disturbed area status in these areas has been taken after review of the law and order situation and because the term of the earlier declaration made on April 1 came to end on September 30. Several militant outfits of the northeastern region are known to be active in these areas of the frontier state.
On June 30, MHA had notified that situation in whole of Nagaland is “disturbed and dangerous condition that the use of armed forces in aid of the civil power is necessary” and declared the entire state as ‘disturbed area’ for a period of six months under AFSPA.