On Wednesday, the union home ministry declared Nagaland as a ‘disturbed area’ for the next six months under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958. Releasing a notification, the home ministry said that the ‘use of armed forces in aid of civil power is necessary.”
In its statement, the home ministry further said that the Central government believes the whole of the State of Nagaland is in such a disturbed and hazardous condition that the use of armed forces in the aid of civil power has become necessary.
On 30th June this year, the Centre had declared Nagaland as ‘disturbed area’ for a period of six months. For the last 60 years, Nagaland has been under the AFSPA.
Even after the signing of the framework agreement between National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak Muivah) (NSCN-IM) General Secretary ThuingalengMuivah and government interlocutor RN Ravi in 2015, the Act was not withdrawn. The mentioned agreement was signed in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other senior leaders.
In November this year, the union government had said that talks with the NSCN-IM regarding the final settlement of the decades-long issue with Nagaland are at the final stages. Moreover, the Nagaland state government along with the Centre is providing all service to the state to deal with rebel groups in the region.
“In exercise of the powers conferred by Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (No 28 of 1958) the Central Government hereby declares that whole of the State of Nagaland to be ‘disturbed area’ for a period of six months with effect from 30th December 2020 for the purpose of the said Act,” the latest notification said.
Meanwhile, on 6th November, PTI had quoted union home secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla as saying “The government is providing assistance to the states to deal with the insurgent groups and also carrying out negotiations with the insurgent groups. There has been a settlement with the Bodos after a long struggle, talks are in an advanced stage with the NSCN to resolve the Naga issue.”