Guwahati: The Government of India extended the period of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act in Assam for one more year in November in spite of strong reservations by a Central intelligence agency and enhancement of the overall law and order situation.
As per reports, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) thinks the advice of the State Government and the Defence Ministry who suggested that the term of the Act should be extended.
According to the sources, MHA sought the views of the State Government, Defence Ministry and the Intelligence Bureau (IB) on the concern of extension of the term of the AFSPA in Assam.
However, the Government, even with strong reservations by the intelligence agency, determined to extend the Act after the State Government and the Defence Ministry wanted that the term of the Act should be extended.
The level of violence in Assam has come down by at least 50 percent this year after a number of militant groups came forward for solution of the problems through dialogues by signing ceasefire agreements with the Government.
The Central intelligence agency also articulated the view that the State Government should boost the strength of the police force to deal with the circumstances and pointed out that the Assam Police force dealt with worse conditions in the past, mainly during the Assam Agitation.