After 18 years, Tripura cabinet has withdrawn Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) with immediate effect. Tripura Chief Minster Manik Sarkar said this decision was taken in the meeting of the council of ministers during the day.
Speaking to the reporters, CM Manik Sarkar said the council of ministers decided to withdraw the AFSPA from the entire state. “We have reviewed the situation of the disturbed areas of the state after every six months and also discussed the issue with the state police and other security forces working in the state,” Sarkar said.
The Act was promulgated in the state on February 16th of 1997. “Insurgency has come down to near zero in the state. The demand for withdrawing the Act had been made at various levels. But we could not take the final decision as the security forces did not give the final go ahead,” the Chief Minister said.
There were only 42 police stations when the act was imposed. “The number of police station areas at present are 74 and out of 74 police stations 26 police stations were fully and four police stations partly under this Act till recently,” he added.