Thursday, April 26, 2007

No to AFSPA in Arunachal, Please

Who has the power to declare an area disturbed under AFSPA?

The Armed Forces (Assam and Manipur) Special Powers (Amendment) Act 1972 defines thus:

"For section 3 of the principal Act, the following section shall be substituted, namely:
[5] If in relation to any State or Union Territory to which this Act extends, the Governor of the State or the Administrator of the Union Territory, as the case may be, is in such a disturbed or dangerous condition that the use of Armed Forces in aid of civil power is necessary, the Governor of the State of the Administrator of that Union Territory or the Central Government, as the case may be, may, by notification in the Official Gazetteer, declare the whole or such State of Union Territory to be a disturbed area."

In my earlier post I had mentioned, based on the report of financial express, that state government is proposing to declare the state as disturbed; the AFSPA says otherwise. But, whosoever and for whatsoever reasons, this most peaceful state is being proposed to be declared as disturbed, the verdict of the people is clear "No to AFSPA in Arunachal Pradesh". Read the report here.

You can find more on this Act posted by Kavita Joshi here.


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