Assam CM alludes to the abolition of AFSPA; says “positive development” is expected
Some positive developments regarding the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act are expected during the year, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Saturday without disclosing a specific timeline.
He further noted that activism was on the decline in the state, with all tribal militant groups already showing up for talks, although the demand for a discussion of “sovereignty” remained the main obstacle to resolving issues with the state. ‘ULFA (I).
The military has virtually withdrawn from Assam except for six-seven districts, he said, adding that when AFSPA is renewed later this year, the state government will take over. a “pragmatic decision”.
“Regarding AFSPA, Assam will see some rationalization in 2022 … How and when we do not know. But I am an optimistic man. We see 2022 as a year of hope. There will be a positive moment regarding AFSPA, “he told reporters here, according to the news agency. PTI.
The AFSPA was imposed in Assam in November 1990 and has been extended every six months since then after a review by the state government. The Northeast AFSPA’s repeal demand came in December last year after 13 civilians were gunned down by the military in a botched counterinsurgency operation in Nagaland and a another person was killed in subsequent violence.
“The era of tribal activism is over. All militant groups except ULFA have come to the surface and laid down arms … Our last obstacle is ULFA (I), “he said.
“The stumbling block is ‘sovereignty’. ULFA (I) will want to discuss it, which we cannot hold. We are working to break the deadlock, ”Sarma added.
(With contributions from agencies)
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