No plans to repeal AFSPA: Govt

NEW DELHI, Jan 8: The government has no plans to repeal the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act 1958, union minister Kiren Rijiju told Parliament on Tuesday.
At present, there is no proposal to repeal the AFSPA, he said, replying to a written question in the Lok Sabha, reports PTI.
The minister of state for home affairs added that currently, the AFSPA is operational in the entire states of Assam, Nagaland, Manipur (except the Imphal municipal area), three districts (Tirap, Changlang and Longding) of Arunachal Pradesh, and the areas falling within the jurisdiction of eight police stations in the districts of Arunachal Pradesh bordering Assam.
“The notifications declaring Manipur and Assam as ‘disturbed areas’ have been issued by the state governments. State government of Nagaland has not supported extension of notification declaring Nagaland as ‘disturbed area’ under AFSPA 1958,” he said.