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The entire state of Nagaland has been announced as “disturbed area” for six more months, till June-end, under the AFSPA, which has empowered security forces to conduct operations anywhere and arrest anyone without any prior notices.

In a notification, the Home Ministry said that the central government of India is of the opinion, which the area comprising the entire state of Nagaland is in such a dangerous and disturbed condition that the use of armed forces in the help of civilian power is necessary.

The notification reads that “now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (No. 28 of 1958), the central government hereby declares that whole of the said state to be a ‘disturbed area’ for a period of six months with effect from 30th December 2018, for the purpose of that Act.”

An official of the Home Ministry said that the decision to continued the declaration of Nagaland as “disturbed area” has been taken as loot, killing and extortion have been going on in several parts of the state, which further signified that action for the convenience of the security forces is operating there.

They have even demands for several organizations in the Northeast and Jammu & Kashmir for repealing the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, which they say offers “sweeping powers” to the security forces.    

In Nagaland, AFSPA has been in force for several years. It has not been withdrawn even after a framework agreement that was signed on August 3, 2015, by Naga insurgent group NSCN-IM General Secretary Thuingaleng Muivah and the government interlocutor R N Ravi in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The framework agreement came after 80 rounds of negotiations spanned 18-years with the first breakthrough in the year 1997 when the ceasefire agreement was sealed after decades of insurgency in Nagaland.

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