AFSPA might be removed from Assam in phases

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Guwahati, May 12: After the decision of removing the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act from Meghalaya, the central government is now considering to withdraw the act from Assam.

The state government in the meantime has pressed the Centre for its phase-wise removal from selected areas of the state and that top-level discussion are on for the same.

As reported the state government would submit its proposal for lifting the act before August 31 which is the month when the current AFSPA will come to an end.

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Meanwhile, the security scenario of the state has also be scrutinized by the Centre.

However, the state police have made a suggestion to the Assam government stating that the government should take steps to remove AFSPA from the state only after the completion of the NRC process.

It is not yet clear which districts will be the first to have AFSPA removed. Sources, however, said that districts like Kamrup (M), Golaghat, Nagaon and Morigaon are monitored by police only.

The act which has been enforced in Assam for 28 years now, would be the fourth Northeastern state after Mizoram, Tripura and Meghalaya to be removed if given a nod by the Centre.

The Home Ministry had recently removed the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act from Meghalaya and eight police stations in Arunachal Pradesh bordering Assam and had relaxed the rules of the restricted area permit to foreigners visiting Manipur, Mizoram, and Nagaland, however, restrictions remained for tourists visiting the state from Pakistan, Afghanistan and China.