Imphal: Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh announced the withdrawal of “Disturbed Area” status from areas under the jurisdiction of 9 police stations of Manipur with effect from April 1, 2022 for a period of six months. He made the announcement to the media during a press conference held today at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat in Imphal today.
The police stations from which “Disturbed Area” status has been withdrawn today under Section-3 of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), 1958 are Sekmai, Lamsang, Patsoi, Lamlai, Irilbung, Bishnupur, Thoubal, Kakching and Jiribam. As of now, the Disturbed Area had been withdrawn from 15 Police stations including 6 Police Stations withdrawn earlier i.e. Imphal, Lamphel, City, Singjamei, Porompat and Heingang.
The Chief Minister stated withdrawal of “Disturbed Area” has been a long standing demand for the people of the State. The State Government had been informing the Central leader about the necessity of lifting the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958 from the State, he added. He continued that the State Government, under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and support of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, had been working tirelessly to improve the law and order situation in the State. With the financial assistance of the Central Government, the State had been able to persuade many underground organisations/insurgent groups to surrender and join the mainstream.
N. Biren continued that withdrawal of “Disturbed Area status” had shown that the law and order situation of the State had considerably improved. He appealed to the public to support the Government’s efforts for improving the law and order further across the State so that the “Disturbed Area status” could be lifted from remaining areas of the State.
He further expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and other central leaders for lifting the Disturbed Area status. He also showed his gratitude to the people of Manipur, civil society organisations, students and specially individuals like Irom Sharmila who were at the forefront demanding withdrawal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act from the State.