Entire state of Assam declared ‘disturbed area’ under AFSPA provisions

Prime News, National (Guwahati), August 30:- Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi has declared the entire state of Assam as “disturbed area” for a period of six months. According to news agency ANI, Defence PRO Wind Commander Ratnakar Singh said that the same has been done as per the provisions of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958.

“As per powers conferred under Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, the Governor of Assam has declared the entire State of Assam as “Disturbed Area” up to 6 months beyond 28th August 2018, unless withdrawn earlier”, ANI quoted Defence PRO Wing Commander Ratnakar Singh as saying.

This comes amid the controversy over Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC). The Supreme Court had earlier this month asked Assam NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela to submit a detailed report on the district wise percentage of the population not included in the draft of the NRC list. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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