Centre extends AFSPA in 3 districts of Arunachal Pradesh, 8 police station areas by 6 months

WION Web Team Delhi, India Oct 03, 2018, 03.41 PM(IST)

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Nearly 40 per cent of Meghalaya was reported to be under AFSPA until September last year. 

The Central government on Wednesday extended the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) in three districts of Arunachal Pradesh and its eight police station areas bordering Assam by another six months, news agency ANI reported.

In April, the Ministry of Home Affairs had removed the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act from Meghalaya, cutting the number of police stations in Arunachal Pradesh to eight from sixteen. Besides this, Meghalaya's 20km border belt with Assam was also reduced to 10km.

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Nearly 40 per cent of Meghalaya was reported to be under AFSPA until September last year. 

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