Rijiju bypassed on decision to declare Nagaland as “disturbed area”

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MoS Home Kiren Rijiju, who looks after the Northeast division, did not know of the recent decision to declare Nagaland as a ‘disturbed area’ under the Armed Force Special Powers Act (AFSPA).

The home ministry file related of bringing Nagaland under AFSPA for one more year never reached Rijiju though he is head of the Northeast division, said sources.

The file was never put before him even though he has been playing a vital role in the Northeast issues.

Indicating his displeasure, Rijiju said he was not aware of any decision to extend the ‘disturbed area’ situation in Nagaland.

On 30 June, the Centre declared entire Nagaland as a “disturbed area” stating that a “dangerous condition” prevailed in the state and the Indian army should assist the administration in maintaining law and order.

The home ministry said as much—Nagaland is in such a disturbed or dangerous condition that the use of armed forces in aid of civil power is necessary for a period of one year, “as per section 3 of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act 1958”, in a gazette notification.

Though he was bypassed, Rijiju continues to have good relations with home minister Rajnath Singh and enjoys his “complete trust”.

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