Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday vowed to quickly revoke the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from Assam. The contentious Act that provides sweeping powers to the armed forces in disturbed areas has already been withdrawn from some areas of the state.
Shah, after presenting the President’s Colour to the Assam Police in Guwahati, identified in his handle that a number of militant outfits have entered into peaceable agreements because of the mixed efforts of the Centre and Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. He stated that the “day is not far when the entire state will be completely free from insurgency and violence”.
“The Armed Forces Special Powers Act has been revoked from 23 districts, and partially from one district. I am confident that it will be completely withdrawn from the entire state soon,” he stated.
The Home minister, who’s on a two-day go to to the northeastern state, stated that each the central and the state governments are serving to those that have surrendered their arms and returned to the mainstream.
“The Assam Police has a glorious history and has successfully tackled insurgency, border issues, smuggling of arms, drugs and cattle, rhino poaching and social issues like witchcraft to emerge as one of the foremost police forces of the country,” Shah stated.
Earlier right this moment, Shah awarded the Assam Police with the President’s Colour as he praised the state police for efficiently coping with cross-border infiltration, rhino poaching, and shutting all doorways to cow and arms smuggling. “There are few parallels to the tough circumstances Assam police has dealt with,” he stated.
Assam is the tenth state within the nation to obtain the President’s Colour, the best honour given to any navy or police unit in recognition of remarkable service rendered to the nation, each in peace and warfare.
Shah additionally planted a sapling right here on Tuesday morning, marking the primary yr of the Himanta Biswa Sarma-led Assam authorities.
(With inputs from PTI)