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AFSPA term extended in State

By SPl Correspondent

NEW DELHI, Nov 6 � Notwithstanding the ongoing negotiations with various militant outfits, the Centre has extended the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) for six months in the entire State of Assam and the inter-state borders with Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya. The AFSPA was clamped in the State during November 1990.

The extension, considered as a routine exercise, comes even as the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Friday issued an advisory to the Assam and Meghalaya governments to remain alert following a series of attacks by militants belonging to the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA).

The MHA has also sounded an alert in the neighbouring States of Assam and Meghalaya to remain vigilant and look out for the culprits responsible for the attacks, sources said.

The GNLA has been indulging in violence in Goalpara and adjoining Garo Hills district of Meghalaya, where it gunned down five police personnel and escaped with their weapons on Monday night.

The AFSPA has also been extended to 20 Km border areas of Assam-Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh, as well, according to the latest notification issued on Monday.

According to official sources, the AFSPA in Assam has been extended for six months as a precautionary measure.

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AFSPA term extended in State

NEW DELHI, Nov 6 � Notwithstanding the ongoing negotiations with various militant outfits, the Centre has extended the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) for six months in the entire State of Assam and the inter-state borders with Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya. The AFSPA was clamped in the State during November 1990.

The extension, considered as a routine exercise, comes even as the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Friday issued an advisory to the Assam and Meghalaya governments to remain alert following a series of attacks by militants belonging to the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA).

The MHA has also sounded an alert in the neighbouring States of Assam and Meghalaya to remain vigilant and look out for the culprits responsible for the attacks, sources said.

The GNLA has been indulging in violence in Goalpara and adjoining Garo Hills district of Meghalaya, where it gunned down five police personnel and escaped with their weapons on Monday night.

The AFSPA has also been extended to 20 Km border areas of Assam-Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh, as well, according to the latest notification issued on Monday.

According to official sources, the AFSPA in Assam has been extended for six months as a precautionary measure.

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