The controversial law AFSPA extended by 6 months

The controversial law AFSPA extended by 6 months

Team Ambitiousbaba and AB are here with a Current Affairs Special Series. In this series, candidates will be introduced to current affairs topics daily, which will not only improve their general awareness but also will ensure that the candidates do not lack in any current affairs topic. Today’s Current Affairs topic is “The controversial law AFSPA extended by 6 months

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has extended AFSPA – Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958 in Nagaland for another six months. Earlier it was extended on June 20 to December 31.

What is AFSPA?

The Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), 1958 gives certain special powers to Armed Forces’ members in regions of the Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura. The powers were also gone to forces deployed in Jammu and Kashmir as well.

At this point it is very interesting (shocking) historical moment that the law was first brought in by the British to crush the Quit India movement in 1942.

What powers does it confer to authorities?

AFSPA grants permission to special powers on the armed forces in areas held “disturbed”. A military officer can fire in a ‘disturbed area’ on the wrongful gathering of five or more people if the need originates or even for illegal possession of firearms.

According to the law, there is no need to arrest and search warrants for any operation.

It also renders protective cover to persons working under Act. It means there is no prosecution, suit or other legal proceeding shall be brought.

Calls for revoke after the incident

After the incident happened on Monday (i.e.27 December) shouts for withdrawing the legislation grew loud once again. Locals, human rights activists and chief ministers of Nagaland and Meghalaya are also protesting of withdrawal AFSPA.

On the protest Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio said that AFSPA has made very black and ugly image of India and should be withdrew.

Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma has also urged the Government of India to repeal AFSPA.”

Review Panel

The decision of extending AFSPA in Nagaland comes after the announcement made by the Centre. Centre had constituted a five-member committee to check out the withdrawal of the law.

The committee members:  Headed by the Ministry of Home Affairs additional secretary (Northeast), chief secretary and director general of police of Nagaland, inspector general of Assam Rifles (North) and a spokesperson of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

The panel would be submitted its suggestions within 45 days.

Question & Answer:

Q1. In which north-eastern state centre has extended AFSPA for 6 months?
Ans. Nagaland

Q2. What is the full form of AFSPA?
Ans. Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958

Q3. Which ministry is associated with AFSPA?
Ans. Ministry of Home Affairs

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