The home ministry in a release issued on Wednesday further declared Nagaland as a ‘disturbed area’ for another six months under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958. The last ‘disturbed area’ status was issued on June 30, 2020.
The union home ministry said, “Whereas the Central government is of the opinion that the area comprising the whole of the State of Nagaland is in such a disturbed and dangerous condition that the use of armed forces in the aid of civil power is necessary. Therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (No 28 of 1958) the Central government hereby declares that whole of the State of Nagaland to be ‘disturbed area’ for a period of six months with effect from 30th December, 2020 for the purpose of the said Act,” the extension notification further said.
Meanwhile, ‘disturbed area status’ for Manipur, except in Imphal Municipal area, under the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) has been extended for another year from December 1.