The Centre may repeal AFSPA in Assam.
Guwahati/ 6th July’2017 (Prag News Desk): The Centre is mulling partial repeal of the Armed Forces (Special) Powers Act (AFSPA) in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh to construct the internal security situation in these two states.
The Home Ministry stated that with the security situaion getting better in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, the imposition of AFSPA could be further reduced. The government is planning to run a partial withdrawal of AFSPA.
Incidentally, the Centre affirms that the pro-talk faction of the ULFA is in peace talks with the government, while smaller groups have been neutralised thus paving way for AFSPA to be partially lifted in some areas.
A Home Ministry report said that Assam has been most peaceful state in recent years. There was a substantial decline in insurgency-related incidents in 2016 in the State. Elections to the State Assembly were by and large held peacefully in April last year. Security forces have been able to contain activities of militant groups in a major way and the year 2016 witnessed the lowest number of violent incidents since 1997.
As per reports, there were 75 incidents in 2016 compared to 81 in 2015 in which 51 insurgents were neutralised in security forces operations while 366 insurgents were arrested. Security forces, however, lost four personnel in the operations. In 2016, the number of civilian deaths went up to 29.