Sunday 7 May 2017

Government declares entire Assam as ‘disturbed’ area under AFSPA for 3 more months

Government declares entire Assam as ‘disturbed(अशान्त)’ area under AFSPA for 3 more months

The Centre has declared the entire Assam as a “disturbed” area under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act -- the AFSPA -- for three more months, citing various violent activities by insurgent (विद्रोही) groups ULFA, NDFB and others. In a gazette notification, the Home Ministry said the entire Assam, besides bordering areas of Meghalaya, have been declared “disturbed” under the AFSPA for three months with effect from May 3.

The ministry said there were 75 incidents of violence in Assam in 2016 in which 33 people, including four security personnel, were killed and 14 others were abducted(अपहरण).

Besides, there were nine violent incidents in the state in which four people, including two security personnel, were killed in 2017.

The violence were perpetrated by insurgent groups like ULFA, NDFB and others, the ministry said.

The AFSPA has been continuing in Assam since November 1990.

In another gazette notification, the ministry declared three districts of Arunachal Pradesh - Tirap, Changlang and Longding - besides areas falling under 16 police stations bordering Assam as “disturbed” area under the AFSPA for three more months.

The home ministry cited the continuing violence perpetrated by NSCN(IM), NSCN(K), ULFA, NDFB and others as the reason for enforcing the AFSPA for three months beyond May 4.

The AFSPA has been under force in the three Arunachal Pradesh districts since January 2016.

Definitions of abduct अपहरण

take (someone) away illegally by force or deception; kidnap.
the millionaire who disappeared may have been abducted.

synonyms: kidnap, carry off, seize, capture, run away/off with, make off with, spirit away, snatch, shanghai

(of a muscle) move (a limb or part) away from the midline of the body or from another part.
The superior rectus and inferior rectus muscles abduct the eye.

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