AR holds security coordination meet | Civilians commit to stand united against insurgency

KHONSA, July 10: The civilians of Triap district committed to stand united against insurgency and extend support to security forces for heralding peace in the district during a security coordination meeting conducted by Khonsa Battalion of Assam Rifles (AR) in its headquarters here Monday.

AR commandant Colonel Aman Ahluwalia, while chairing the meeting, sought cooperation of civilians with security forces to maintain peace and security in the area, while apprising about general situation of Tirap district. He also underscored the responsibility and important role of the villagers as custodians of peace and tranquility and the participants were made to understand the security apparatus in place to provide them holistic security.

The meeting, attended by around 150 people, including village leaders of 38 villages, shop owners, traders, transport and taxi owners, Tirap Police personnel, addressed their concerns about unlawful activities of insurgents, including extortion, kidnapping, recruitment and other nefarious activities.

Highlighting importance of a progressive community in denying insurgents space to carry out anti-national activities, the commandant exhorted them to stand against drugs and violence while ensuring proper to the youth to become worthy citizens. He also enlisted various development activities carried out in the region under military civic action schemes of AR to benefit locals.

The commandant also lauded them, particularly village leaders and business owners for their wholehearted support to the security forces and to the Govt officials. (DIPRO)

AONS adds: Tirap, Changlang & Longding districts and parts of Namsai district of Arunachal Pradesh are declared “disturbed area” due to insurgency activities, where Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), 1958 is in force.

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs on March 25 last had extended AFSPA and Nagaland for six months.

The MoHA, in two separate notifications, had extended AFSPA for six months in four districts of Arunachal and 13 districts of Nagaland by terming them as “disturbed areas”.  While in Arunachal, three districts are covered under AFSPA entirely, only three (Namsai, Mahadevpur and Chowkham) police station jurisdictions are covered in fourth district of Namsai.

Similarly in Nagaland, while nine districts are covered entirely under AFSPA, only 16 police station jurisdictions in four other districts are covered. In Assam, the AFSPA is now limited to only eight districts as compared to nine in 2022. In Manipur, the Centre has removed AFSPA in four police station jurisdictions. In Nagaland, AFSPA has been removed from three police station limits.

The AFSPA gives special rights and immunity to security forces in carrying out various operations in “disturbed areas”. It gives security personnel the power to search premises and arrest without warrant, to use force even to the extent of causing death. The security personnel involved in such actions cannot be prosecuted without the explicit sanction of the Union Govt.

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