Popular Front welcomes the resolution passed by Nagaland Assembly against AFSPA

Popular Front of India of India Chairman O M A Salam has, in a statement, welcomed the resolution unanimously passed by the Nagaland legislative assembly demanding the repeal of the Armed Force Special Provision Act (AFSPA)-1958 from the Northeast.  𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗼𝗿𝗴𝗮𝗻𝗶𝘇𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘂𝗿𝗴𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗴𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗿𝗲𝗽𝗲𝗮𝗹 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗱𝗿𝗮𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝗹𝗮𝘄 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗿𝘆.

Special powers granted to the Armed Forces under AFSPA have been the main catalyst for human rights violations in the Northeast region and Kashmir. The provisions of the law allow security forces to open fire on any person on suspicion, and arrest individuals and search premises without warrants, in designated disturbed areas. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝗰𝘁 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗺𝗶𝘀𝘂𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝘄𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗹𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗮𝗿𝗯𝗶𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝗸𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗱𝗲𝘁𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗰𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗮𝗻𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗳𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗱𝗲𝗰𝗮𝗱𝗲𝘀. The recent killing of 14 civilians by the Armed forces in Nagaland is a live example how the law affected the lives of innocents in the Northeast.

The recommendation for repealing the Act had already been made by Justice Jeevan Reddy Committee in 2005. The Committee had mentioned that AFSPA as “𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝗰𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗮 𝘀𝘆𝗺𝗯𝗼𝗹 𝗼𝗳 𝗵𝗮𝘁𝗲, 𝗼𝗽𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗶𝗻𝘀𝘁𝗿𝘂𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗵𝗶𝗴𝗵-𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗱𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀”.

Popular Front of India welcomes the Resolution passed by the Nagaland Assembly to repeal AFSPA and urges the central govt to act on the demand made by the state assembly unanimously and scrape the law entirely from the Northeast and Jammu and Kashmir.

Director, Media & PR – Popular Front Headquarters, New Delhi