The home minister said those who have surrendered and returned to the mainstream are being rehabilitated by both the central and state governments.
“We are trying to normalise the situation in other areas too so that AFSPA can be removed. We are working at a faster pace in Nagaland and Manipur in this regard,” the PM said.
The minister said that the Narendra Modi government is 'working to wipe out terrorism from the country' and the North East Region is moving fast on the path of development.
Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio said that all stakeholders had appealed for the abolishment of the draconian law and the Centre has finally heard the appeals of the people.
Under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA) a geographical location is declared as disturbed area to facilitate operations of the armed forces.
The NSF said it would work hard to ensure that AFSPA was repealed or completely lifted from the entire Naga homeland.
The NPF is also present in strength in Nagaland where it is the largest party with 25 MLAs and is part of the ruling coalition. It is also present in Arunachal Pradesh.
Even if AFSPA is removed, there is no guarantee it will not be re-imposed under this or that pretext, says Naga Hoho president HK Zhimomi.
Sharmila, hailed as the 'Iron Lady of Manipur', termed AFSPA an 'oppressive law' and said that it has never been a solution to tackling insurgency.
The Government of India has also extended AFSPA in the areas falling within the jurisdiction of Namsai and Mahadevpur police stations in Arunachal Pradesh.
From April 1, AFSPA to be removed fully from 23 districts of Assam, 15 police station areas of 6 districts in Manipur and 15 police stations in 7 districts of Nagaland.
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Bhakta Charan Das said the BJP was not respecting the views of the people on the issue and asserted that there was no other way forward but to repeal AFSPA.
Okram Ibobi Singh’s previous Congress government in Manipur had withdrawn the 1958 law from seven Assembly constituencies.
The concern over the state’s territorial integrity stems from insurgent group NSCN-IM’s “Greater Nagalim” demand