New Delhi: On Thursday, Home Minister Amit Shah announced that disturbed areas in Nagaland, Assam, and Manipur will be reduced under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).
In a series of tweets announcing the decision, Shah described it as a momentous occasion brought about by an improved security situation and fast-tracked development in the Northeast.
The North-Eastern region, which had been neglected for decades, is now witnessing a new era of peace, prosperity, and unprecedented development, Shah said, thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his unwavering commitment.
The AFSPA has been in effect in the three Northeastern states for decades, giving security forces the authority to conduct operations and arrest people without a warrant. It also protects security forces from being arrested and prosecuted if they kill someone.