Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA)

Armed Forces (Special Powers) Acts (AFSPA), are the acts passed by the parliament, which give special powers to the Indian Army and paramilitary forces in ‘disturbed’ areas of the country. Under AFSPA, security forces can shoot to kill, search houses and even arrest people without any warrant. AFSPA acts have been active in Jammu and Kashmir since 1990.

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No grudge against officers approaching Supreme Court: Defense Minister

16 Sep 2018

No grudge against officers approaching Supreme Court: Defense Minister

Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said she has no "grudge" against a group of Army officers who have approached the Supreme Court to present their views on cases relating to the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).

AFSPA completely revoked from Meghalaya, diluted in Arunachal Pradesh

23 Apr 2018

AFSPA completely revoked from Meghalaya, diluted in Arunachal Pradesh

In a major move, the Home Ministry has completely revoked the controversial AFSPA from Meghalaya, and diluted it in some parts of Arunachal Pradesh.

The AFSPA saga continues: State government declares Assam "disturbed"

02 Sep 2017

The AFSPA saga continues: State government declares Assam "disturbed"

Since 1990, the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) has been imposed in Assam by the Centre.

Assam wants AFSPA to be removed in some areas

06 May 2017

Assam wants AFSPA to be removed in some areas

The Assam government will review whether the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) could be withdrawn in a phased manner and present its recommendations to the Centre.

SC asks for FIRs on all encounter deaths including AFSPA

29 Apr 2017

SC asks for FIRs on all encounter deaths including AFSPA

Dealing a blow to the Indian armed forces as well as the Centre, the Supreme Court has mandated that FIRs be filed against all encounter deaths in the country, including AFSPA related ones.

SC seeks to re-open Manipur extra-judicial killings cases

19 Apr 2017

SC seeks to re-open Manipur extra-judicial killings cases

The Supreme Court ordered the reopening of cases of alleged extra-judicial killings in Manipur in 2003. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi strongly opposed the court's decision, saying over a decade had passed.

Centre wants SC to review the AFSPA ruling

14 Apr 2017

Centre wants SC to review the AFSPA ruling

The Centre asked SC to reconsider its ruling on the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) of 1958 to the army for "deaths caused during encounters in disturbed areas."