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Assam CM says govt putting efforts for total withdrawal of AFSPA from state

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Guwahati, May 9: Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday stated that the state government is putting in every effort for total withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from the state.

Talking to reporters, Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “Efforts are underway to withdraw AFSPA completely from Assam. Our aim is to create an environment of security in all the five districts of Assam, which are still tagged as ‘disturbed area’.”

The Assam government extended AFSPA in eight districts of the state for six more months with effect from April 1.

As per the notification, the “disturbed area” status, however, has been withdrawn from Lakhipur sub-division of Cachar district.

Union Home minister Amit Shah recently announced removal of AFSPA from certain districts in Assam, Nagaland and Manipur.

“In a significant step, GoI has decided to reduce disturbed areas under AFSPA in the states of Nagaland, Assam and Manipur after decades,” Amit Shah had stated.

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