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Guwahati, June 30: On Saturday, the central government declared the whole Nagaland as disturbed area and extended the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, (AFSPA) for another 6 months in the state.
The extension of the AFSPA came at a time when the peace talks process between the NSCN-IM and the Government of India were just on the final stage but after this, concerned people have raised doubt on the issue. Some now doubt that since the Government is already on a final discussion with the Naga militants, this extension may continue even if the final accord is signed between the Naga rebels and government.
Over the past few days, various clashes between the security forces and NSCN-K militants were reported from the bordering areas of Nagaland.
A notification by the government stated, “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 30 June 2018 for the purpose of that Act.”
It may be mentioned that AFSPA has been imposed in Nagaland for almost 60 years now.