January 17, 2021

The MHA declares Nagaland a ‘troubled area’ for another 6 months

Ministry of Home Affairs. & Nbsp | & nbsp Photo credit: & nbspPTI

New Delhi: The Home Ministry (MHA) on Wednesday extended the implementation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Nagaland for another six months, while declaring the state a “troubled area”, a government statement said.

The Government of India has in the past extended this announcement which has been in the state for many years. The latest order comes into effect today.

The MHA said in a statement that “the federal government considers the entire state of Nagaland to be in a very chaotic and dangerous state and it is necessary to use the armed forces to assist the civilian forces”. In exercising the powers conferred by section 3 of No. 28) of the Year, the Central Government hereby declares the entire State of Nagaland as a ‘Disturbed Area’ for a period of six months “effective from 30 December 2020 for the purpose of that Act”.

AFSPA gives special powers to Indian Armed Forces in ‘disturbed areas’. According to the ‘Disturbed Areas’ (Special Courts) Act, 1976, once declared a ‘disturbed’, the area must maintain status for at least three months.