"Need To Wait" Before Repealing AFSPA: N Biren Singh

Chief Minister of Manipur N Biren Singh said that the law & order situation in the state has improved in recent years

Chief Minister of Manipur N Biren Singh said that the law & order situation in the state has improved in recent years, but it is still not conducive to revoke the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act.

The minister said insurgency-related violence has reduced in the state during the last 3 years & he has appraised the Union Home Ministry of the improved condition.

Singh told "The law & order has definitely improved unlike in the past. But, we need to wait for a better situation so that the AFSPA can be repealed from the state".

According to official sources, a total of 233 insurgency-linked incidents were reported in 2016 that came down to 167 in 2017 & 127 in 2018.

In November 2018, the CM said, time had come to review the AFSPA but since the state is sharing border with foreign nations, the security aspect also needs to be considered.

The Act permits army personnel to use force, 'even to the causing of death' to maintain public order & also grants them executive powers to enter as well as search any premises & arrest without any warrant.

It was imposed in the state in 1980 when Manipur was a hotbed of insurgency. Later, it was withdrawn from 7 Assembly segments within the Imphal Municipality Area following severe agitation demanding its removal from the whole state.