Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act

Tripura withdraws AFSPA, after 18 years

  1. Reason for withdrawal – Insurgency in the state has diminished, security establishments agreed for repeal.
  2. The Act has been in force in the state since 1997.
  3. Tribal parties had been demanding the repeal of the Act, arguing that it aims at suppressing 33% tribal population.
  4. Contention – The Act confers sweeping powers on the armed forces.