Imphal: Chief Minister N. Biren Singh Thursday announced the withdrawal of “Disturbed Area” status from areas under the jurisdiction 9 (nine) Police Stations of the State with effect from 1st April, 2022 for a period of six months.
Citing improvement in the law and order situation in the northeastern region, Union Home Minister Amit Shah early during the day announced the withdrawal of the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act in Nagaland, Assam and Manipur.
According to a statement by the Ministry of Home Affairs, AFSPA has been lifted from 23 Assam districts completely and from one district partially, 15 police stations in six Manipur districts, and 15 police stations in seven districts of Nagaland.
The Police Stations from which “Disturbed Area” status have been withdrawn under Section-3 of the AFSP Act, 1958 are Sekmai, Lamsang, Patsoi, Lamlai, Irilbung, Bishnupur, Thoubal, Kakching and Jiribam. As of now, the Disturbed Area had been withdrawn from 15 Police stations including 6 Police Stations withdrawn earlier i.e. Imphal, Lamphel, City, Singjamei, Porompat and Heingang. Interestingly, most of the areas from which the Disturbed Areas status was removed belonged to the valley districts.
Speaking to newsmen on Thursday evening, the Chief Minister stated withdrawal of Disturbed Area had been a long standing demand for the people of the State.
The State Government had been informing the Central leaders about the necessity of lifting the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958 from the State, he added.
Stating that the state government has been working tirelessly to improve the law and order situation in the state, Biren said his government has been able to persuade many underground organisations/insurgent groups to surrender and join the mainstream.
Biren further said that withdrawal of Disturbed Area status is a clear indication of improvement in law and order situation in the state. He further appealed to the people to support his government so that the Disturbed Area status could be lifted from the remaining areas of the state.
He further expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, and other central leaders for lifting the Disturbed Area status. He also showed his gratitude to the people of Manipur, Civil Society Organisations, Students and specially individuals like Irom Sharmila who were at the forefront demanding withdrawal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act from the State,
Power Minister Thongam Biswajit, Education Minister Yumnam Khemchand, Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Govindas Konthoujam, Cooperation Minister Nemcha Kipgen, Water Resources Minister Awangbow Newmai and Chief Secretary Dr. Rajesh Kumar were also present during the press conference among others.