Impose AFSPA in Garo Hills: Meghalaya High Court

The Meghalaya High Court has asked the Centre to consider enforcing Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA) in militancy-hit Garo Hills region in the state to help the administration restore the rule of law. Recently the Meghalaya state is witnessing a rise in number of militancy incidents in the region especially in Garo Hills including abduction of a Meghalaya Government Officials by Garo National Liberation Army militants. Though in past decade the insurgency was more or less contained in the state, but in last 2 years there has been a rise in the number of violence as several dormant insurgent groups in state started resurfacing.

Did You Know???

  • AFSPA empowers armed forces to deal effectively in ‘Disturbed Areas’ declared by both state and Central government.
  • Parliament had enacted it in 1958 to provide special legal security to the armed forces for carrying out operations in the troubled areas of 7 sisters states of North east.
  • The act was extended to Jammu and Kashmir in 1990 in order to confront the rising insurgency in the area.
  • The act provides army officers and jawans legal immunity for their actions undertaken disturbed areas.

Try This…

On May 2015 which state Government decided to withdraw AFSPA from its state?

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Answer – Tripura

Who is the present Governor of Meghalaya?

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Answer – V shanmuganathan

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