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Ruling party opposes repeal of AFSPA in Manipur

By Staff
Google Oneindia News

Imphal, Mar 20 (UNI) A private members resolution to repeal the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, AFSPA 1958, was defeated by a voice vote in the Manipur Assembly last evening.

Former Chief Minister Radhabinod Koijam of NCP, R K Anand and I Ibohanbi of the Manipur Peoples' Party (MPP) moved the private member's resolution.

The Opposition MLAs demanded repeal of the controversial act which had been opposed by the people due to 'misuse' of the Act by troops.

Mr Radhabinod Koijam said the Act was used by the British Empire to crush the freedom movement in India and it was still used in Manipur and other north eastern states.

Radhabinod said insurgency could only be solved through talks and not through military means.

He alleged that the people of Manipur were not treated as citizens of the country as the Act enables the military to kill on mere suspicion and arrest anybody without warrant.

Most opposition MLAs demanded repeal of the Act and narrated the long list of human rights violations committed under the act.

Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh said the government did not want to enforce the Act and if the law and order situation of the state improved, the Act would automatically be abolished.


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