Tripura CPI(M) opposes withdrawal of AFSPA from NE

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Agartala, Feb 13 (UNI) The ruling CPI(M) in Tripura has opposed withdrawal of the controversial Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA), 1956, from the North East and accused the Opposition of misguiding the common man against it.

CPI(M) state secretariat member Bijan Dhar told newspersons at Agartala Press Club here that withdrawal of the act from NE states, especially from Tripura, would be harmful for the nation.

''The party had demanded imposition of the act when militancy was at its peak in the state. Now the situation has improved but insurgency has not been eradicated completely,'' Mr Dhar stated.

He alleged that the Opposition was trying to use the issue as an election campaign but it would only strengthen the base of insurgents here.

He alleged that the Opposition parties in Tripura were also against the Indo-Bangla border fencing for their own vested interests.

''They support the insurgency activities and want to give more facilities to the banned militant organisations. This time also, the Congress has forged electoral alliance with insurgent's political front INPT,'' he said.

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