On behalf of the party, it was said, “The Congress demands the Chief Minister of Manipur and the government to put pressure on PM Narendra Modi and the Government of India to abolish AFSPA in this winter session of Parliament.”
After the Nagaland firing, the tone against the AFSPA is getting louder (PTI)
Like Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, assembly elections are due in Manipur next year too and the Congress is trying to return to power in this state. The Congress has promised that the AFSPA will be “immediately and completely removed” from the entire state if it comes to power after winning the Manipur elections in 2022 next year. But till then, the Congress has asked the ruling BJP and Chief Minister N Biren Singh to pressurize Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Center to remove the law immediately.
On behalf of the party, the Congress demands the Chief Minister and the Government of Manipur to put pressure on PM Narendra Modi and the Government of India to abolish AFSPA in this winter session of Parliament, as well as for immediate removal of the Act from the state. Demands from Manipur cabinet for this.
Will remove AFSPA as soon as it comes to power: Congress
The Congress also reminded the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that AFSPA was removed from 7 assembly constituencies (including state capital Imphal) when it was in power.
The party declared, ‘The Congress rule had removed the AFSPA Act from 7 assembly constituencies. If Congress comes back to power in 2022, a decision will be taken to remove AFSPA from the entire state immediately and completely in the first cabinet meeting.
Demand arose after people were killed in Nagaland
The controversial Armed Forces (Special Power) Act, or AFSPA, which gives broad powers to military personnel in “disturbed areas”, has come under scrutiny after the horrific killing of 14 innocent civilians by security forces in Nagaland last week. Has gone. Six out of 14 people were killed in a failed military operation in Nagaland’s Mon district. But after the killing of people in this firing, 7 more people were killed in the retaliatory struggle after the violence that broke out between the security personnel and the local people. A soldier also died in this struggle.
The soldiers involved in the murder case filed by the Nagaland Police have also been named. The killings were widely condemned and many people, including Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and his Meghalaya counterpart Konrad Sangma, have called for the AFSPA to be abolished.
After the killings of common people, Chief Minister Rio said, ‘This harsh law needs to be abolished. There are laws to deal with the situation, but this law is maligning the image of our country. The remarks from the chief minister were significant as his NDPP is an ally of the BJP and is also part of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
Where is the AFSPA law applicable?
The Nagaland government has said that it will write a letter to the Center demanding the abolition of AFSPA. Chief Minister Sangma, another BJP ally, has also echoed this view.
Under the AFSPA, the armed forces can only arrest on suspicion or shoot to kill. AFSPA is in force in Nagaland, Assam, Manipur (except the capital Imphal) and parts of Arunachal Pradesh as well as Jammu and Kashmir. Parts of Tripura and Meghalaya have been left out of the list.
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