Armed forces special power act
Posted on Jan 04, 2022
By Mayur shukla
Published in News
Armed Forces Special Power Act
It was introduced in 1958 . AFSPS confers on members of the armed forces special power act to rein in suspect in areas declared " Disturbed" On account of insurgent activities or similar threats. It has been in force in Manipur since 1980, and the alleged excesses committed under it are the reasons why activists Irom Sharmila has been on a hunger strikes since 2000.
What are the special power??
AFSPA allows any commissioned officer warrents officers and non commissioned officers or any other person to equivalent rank.
*Fire upon or use force against any person acting in contravention of any law for the time being in force in the disturbed area.
* Arrest suspicious people without warrent.
* Destroy any structure suspected to house an arms dump shelter from which armed attacks are made or are likely to be made.
* Conduct searches without warrents for evidence to recover a wrongfully confined person or property or arms explosiveness.
Recently, the killing of civilians in a botched ambush by the armed forces in Nagaland and it's violent fallout have put the spot light on the Armed forces ( Special Power) Act 1958.
Viewed as a draconian law in Northeast India a region troubled by extremism, the AFSPA gives the armed forces the power to maintain public order in disturbed areas. It gives the armed forces the authority to use forces or even open fire after warning a person found to be in contravention of the law.
In the Northeast, the AFSPA is in force in Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, the Tripura Arunachal pradesh and the areas falling within the jurisdiction of eight police station of the state bordering Assam for Jammu and Kashmir the Armed forces special power Act 1990.
The Union Home Minister extended the AFSPA for the umpteeth time through a notification on June 30 by declaring Nagaland a disturbed areas and citing dangerous conditions.
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