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Approved under a plan called 'Reorganisation of the Army headquarters', the move is part of a major restructuring of the armed forces.
Mehbooba Mufti had all but given up on PDP’s “healing touch” policy for 3 years as J&K chief minister when she toed a nationalist line with BJP.
Apprehensions of the Indian Army are genuine, but this is a battle that cannot be won in the civil courts.
The Supreme Court dismissed arguments by the Centre, which supported the pleas, and said the government needed to sort out these issues.
It would be a shame if there was tacit understanding between Army and the accused to abuse the justice system.
Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts and eight police stations bordering Assam were declared 'disturbed' under AFSPA New Delhi: The Centre has extended the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act in three districts of Arunachal Pradesh and its eight police station areas bordering Assam by another six months, in view of continuing activities of banned insurgent groups of the Northeast. According to a notification issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts of Arunachal Pradesh and eight police stations bordering Assam were declared "disturbed" areas under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), 1958. "Now, therefore, Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts in Arunachal Pradesh and the areas falling within the jurisdiction of the following eight police stations in the districts of Arunachal Pradesh, bordering the State of Assam, are declared as 'disturbed area' under Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 up to March 31, 2019 w.e.f. October...
The AFSPA, which was meant to provide protection to soldiers, is now insufficient.
Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 provides special rights to security forces in carrying out various operations in disturbed areas.
AFSPA doesn’t provide legal cover to troops indulging in rape, loot or any such headline-making activity.
The officer, Major Balhara, is accused of killing 12-year-old Azad Khan in Manipur in 2009. Soldiers say dilution of AFSPA will hit morale.
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