//Top Army man wants AFSPA back

Top Army man wants AFSPA back

IMPHAL, June 15: Even as a controversy rages over whether the Centre had rejected the Justice Jeevan Reddy recommendation to scrap the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) 1958, following its alleged wide-scale abuse by Armed forces in Manipur and Nagaland, the GoC of 57 Mountain Div, Major General EJ Kochekan, has sought the provisions of the Act be re-invoked in Greater Imphal where it had recently been abrogated.

AFSPA 1958, an emergency law that gives the Armed forces massive powers, including the right to shoot civilians on the basis of mere suspicion, had come under criticism after the rape and killing of a 32-year-old woman, Thangjam Manoroma allegedly by troops of 17 Assam Rifles in 2004 in Imphal East. After a two-month-long public outrage, Manipur withdrew Greater Imphal’s “disturbed area status”.