Tirap and Changlang Districts Declared as “Disturbed Areas”

Last updated: 20 August 2013

I read this in news few years ago, but did not realize it was Gazetted by the Ministry of Home Affairs. It was declared from March 2011 and later extended to October 1, 2011. That explains now why there were so many army personnel on the road from Jagun to Miao those days.

Then I read the news release from Press Information Bureau and learned that the Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) is usually enforced in “Disturbed Areas” in Changlang and Tirap Districts (PIB, 9 August 2011).

The Wikipedia (accessed: 19 August 2013) provided a very good summary about the AFSPA:

The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), was passed on September 11, 1958, by the Parliament of India. It is a law with just six sections granting special powers to the armed forces in what the act terms as “disturbed areas” .The Act has been at the heart of concerns about human rights violations in the regions of its enforcement , where arbitrary killings, torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and enforced disappearances have happened.

This description scared me and realized what dangerous area we live. I hope and pray that none of our people have to face the blunt of army operations.

The Gazette of India (No. 632, Ministry of Home Affairs) stated the reasons for declaring our districts as “Disturbed Areas”. The incidents mentioned are further scary and such declaration sound very justifiable. More about that in this link.