Assam government extended AFSPA for six months

The Assam government extended the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA) in the state for six more months with immediate effect. The Act gives special rights and immunity to security forces in carrying out various operations in “disturbed” areas. As per powers conferred under Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, the Governor of Assam has declared the entire State of Assam as ‘Disturbed Area’ up to 6 (six) months beyond 28th August 2018, unless withdrawn earlier.