Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio Urges Centre To Repeal AFSPA

Nagaland; Centre Announces Rs. 11 Lakh Compensation; Nagaland Rs. 5 lakhs

Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Monday said that his government has asked the Centre to remove the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, from Nagaland.

Addressing reporters after attending the funeral services of the civilians at Oting in Nagaland’s Mon district, Rio said the Centre will be providing an ex gratia assistance of Rs 11 lakh and the state Rs 5 lakh to the kin of the deceased.

“I’ve spoken to the Union Home Minister and he is taking the matter very seriously. We’ve given financial assistance to affected families. I have also urged the Centre to remove AFSPA from Nagaland as the law is a black spot on the image of the country,” the Chief Minister added.

Earlier, in the morning Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma too demanded the repeal of the AFSPA.

AFSPA is effective in Kashmir, Nagaland, Assam, Manipur (excluding seven assembly constituencies of Imphal) and parts of Arunachal Pradesh and was withdrawn from Meghalaya only in 2018.

It gives power to the Army and central forces deployed in “disturbed areas” to kill anyone acting in contravention of law, arrest and search any premises without a warrant and provide cover to forces from prosecution and legal suits without the Centre’s sanction.

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