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AFSPA extended in 8 districts, 1 sub-division of Assam

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  • The Assam government on 20th October, 2022, said it has extended the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA) in eight districts and one subdivision for six months after a review of the law and order situation.
  • The government, however, withdrew the controversial law from West Karbi Anglong district as the situation there has “considerably improved,” it said.
  • The six month extension of the AFSPA is effective from 1 October, Home Department Principal Secretary Niraj Verma said in an order.
  • The order, dated 15 October and released on 20th October, 2022, stated that nine districts and one subdivision were kept under the AFSPA since 1 April as “disturbed area” after withdrawing the legislation from the rest of the state.
  • “A review of the law and order and security scenario in Assam in the recent past indicates that the situation has considerably improved in West Karbi Anglong district of the state.
  • The Governor of Assam is pleased to withdraw the declaration of ‘Disturbed Area’ with effect from 01.10.2022 from West Karbi Anglong,” the order said.

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