AFSPA may soon be revoked from entire Assam: Amit Shah
Guwahati, May 10
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said improved law and order and peace accords with militant outfits led to the partial withdrawal of AFSPA in Assam, and that he was confident it will be revoked soon from the entire State.
Shah, after presenting the President’s Colour Award to Assam Police here, said that due to the efforts of the Centre and Chief Minister Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, most of the militant outfits have entered into peace agreements, and the day is not far when the entire State will be completely free from insurgency and violence.
The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act has been revoked from 23 districts, and partially from one district. “I am confident that it will be completely withdrawn from the entire State soon,” he said.
The Home Minister said those who have surrendered and returned to the mainstream are being rehabilitated by both the Central and State Governments.
The Assam Police has a glorious history and has successfully tackled insurgency, border issues, smuggling of arms, drugs and cattle, rhino poaching and social issues like witchcraft to emerge as one of the foremost police forces of the country, Shah said. PTI