More Areas Under AFSPA To Be De-Notified Once Violence Parameters Register Significant Decline: Eastern Army Commander

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The Eastern Army Commander – Lt General R P Kalita, noted that more areas under the Armed Forces Special Prevention Act (AFSPA) are to be de-notified once violence parameters register a significant decline along those places.

The General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Command – Lt Gen Kalita, mentioned a considerable drop in violence registered within the last nine months in the insurgency-affected areas of the northeast, leading to AFSPA de-notification from specific locations.

“The situation remains dynamic. As the violence parameters come down, more and more areas will be de-notified,” he said.

The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) was withdrawn from several places in Nagaland, Assam, and Manipur on April 1 this year.

Addressing the media persons after a wreath-laying ceremony at Fort William on the 102nd Raising Day of the Eastern Command headquarters, Kalita stated, “This is made possible due to sacrifices by the Indian Armed Forces in ensuring that violence parameters decline to an acceptable level.”

Citing the emergence of peace and development in the once-troubled areas, Kalita asserted that the Eastern Command strives for capability enhancement.

“We are always ready to address any emerging situation, but the focus has always been to address it within the laid-down parameters, the laid-down border management mechanism, and without any escalation,” he said.

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