In a recent significant move, the Home and Political Department of Assam Government issued a notification on February 28 which declared the Assam as a “disturbed area” under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958. The AFSPA has been extended by six months, state media reported.
Following this, Union Home Minister Rajnath asserted that incidents of violence in the northeastern region had decreased to a great extent and the era of violence in the state was over.
Armed Forces (Special Powers) Acts (AFSPA), are Acts of the Parliament of India that grant special powers to the Indian Armed Forces in what each act terms “disturbed areas”. According to The Disturbed Areas (Special Courts) Act, 1976 once declared ‘disturbed’, the area has to maintain status quo for a minimum of 3 months.