AFSPA gives additional power to security forces to establish peace

AFSPA gives additional power to security forces to establish peace

After the accidental killing of 13 civilians at the hands of security forces in Nagaland, the voice of withdrawal of AFSPA has started again in the Northeast. The Chief Ministers of Meghalaya and Nagaland have also demanded the abolition of AFSPA. Taking suo motu cognizance of the incident, the state police registered a case against the 21st Para Special Force. The charges of murder, attempt to murder and criminal act have been made in the complaint lodged at Tijit police station. At the same time, many security experts consider this law necessary for peacekeeping. In such a situation it is important to understand what is AFSPA and why it has been implemented?

Implemented 63 years ago: In order to establish peace in the northeastern states of Assam and Manipur, Parliament had decided to implement the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act in 1958. Two decades later, it was made effective in all the seven states of the Northeast. At present it is effective in Nagaland, Assam and Manipur. It has also been implemented in some districts of Arunachal Pradesh.

Right to arrest without warrant and use force on suspicion: Under this law, when the government declares a part to be disturbed, under AFSPA, officers above a certain rank in the armed forces have the right to use force after warning. Is. It has also been given the power to arrest without warrant on the basis of suspicion and to raid any place. Armed forces can also demolish any house from where there is an attack or there is any such possibility. AFSPA also protects security personnel from legal proceedings without the approval of the central government.

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