Assam May Withdraw AFSPA by end of this Year


Guwahati, May 23: Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma shared on Monday that retired army personnel would be appointed as Additional Superintendents of Police in Assam. Their primary responsibility would be to provide training to the police force. Sarma also expressed his confidence in significantly improving the law and order situation in the state, stating that the complete lifting of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) was anticipated by the end of this year.

With the goal of withdrawing AFSPA entirely from Assam by, Sarma highlighted the plan to involve military personnel in training the police force. Currently, AFSPA has been lifted from most districts in Assam, leaving only eight districts and one sub-division where it remains in effect. AFSPA grants the armed forces the authority to make arrests and conduct searches without warrants, as well as use force without requiring permission from a magistrate
Chief Minister tweeted that ” We are aiming at withdrawing AFSPA completely from Assam by the end of 2023. We will also rope in ex-military personnel to train our police force. “

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