28 Mar 2024

What is AFSPA Law Amit Shah Has Said Govt Would Consider Revoking in Jammu and Kashmir Post-Elections

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has declared a significant initiative concerning the potential withdrawal of the AFSPA law, enforced by the Central Government in Jammu and Kashmir, alongside the redeployment of troops. Shah has said that following the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, the Central Government will deliberate on the removal of AFSPA in Jammu and Kashmir, entrusting law enforcement entirely to the local police.

In an interview with Jammu Kashmir Media Group, Amit Shah has said that we have plans to remove the armed forces from the civilian areas of Jammu and Kashmir and give the responsibility of law and order there completely to the local police. He said that earlier there was a lack of trust in Jammu and Kashmir Police but today the situation is such that officers of Jammu and Kashmir Police are leading the operations. 

AFSPA gives unlimited powers to the armed forces

In fact, AFSPA provides unlimited powers to the armed forces to search, arrest and open fire to maintain law and order in the disturbed area. For this, an area or district is notified as a disturbed area under AFSPA. Earlier, Amit Shah had also said that AFSPA has been removed from about 70 percent areas of the north-eastern states. In Jammu and Kashmir too, there has been a demand for removal of AFSPA law for a long time, Amit Shah said that we will consider it after the elections.


These rights are available in AFSPA

Under the AFSPA law, many privileges are given to security forces. These include arresting a person without warrant. Entering the house of a suspect and investigating. If a suspect does not accept even after the first warning, then the right to shoot at him is also available under this. In such a situation, the security forces do not have to wait for anyone's order to open fire. Not only this, even if someone dies due to a bullet, a murder case is not filed against the security force personnel. Even if the state government registers an FIR, it has to first take the permission of the Central Government for trial in the court.

Where is AFSPA in force

AFSPA law has been implemented in many North-Eastern states including Punjab, Chandigarh and Jammu and Kashmir. In the north-eastern states, it was implemented not only in Manipur, Assam, Tripura and Meghalaya, but also in Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram and Nagaland. However, it has now been removed from many areas. At present this law is now applicable in Jammu and Kashmir along with Nagaland and parts of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

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