The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act has been extended for six months in Assam effective from August 28th, 2019 after reviewing the law and order situation in the state, a government release said here on September 7th, 2019. The Act has been continuing in Assam since November 1990.
The government press communiqué mentioned that the declaration was made under Section 3 of the AFPSA by the state home and political department.
The release stated, “Consequent upon review of law and order situation in Assam, in the past six months, the State Government vide a Notification issued to this effect by the Home & Political Department, Assam and as per Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, has declared the entire State of Assam as “Disturbed Area” w.e.f 28-08-2019 upto six months unless withdrawn earlier.”
The Act empowers security forces to conduct operations, arrest anyone anywhere without prior notice.
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