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07 May 2015

Aapsu Leaders meet Rijiju, demand AFSPA rollback

Itanagar, May 7 : A team of All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (Aapsu), led by its president Kamta Lapung and NESO adviser Pritam Sonam, met Union minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju in New Delhi on Sunday.

During the meeting, both Lapung and Sonam reviewed the 15-day of ultimatum submitted to Rijiju earlier on complete withdrawal of the Arms Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from Arunachal Pradesh and discussed various perspectives of the Act and the Centre's attitude on its immediate rollback, said a press release.

Rijiju has reportedly accepted Aspsu's demands and informed the students' body that the Act was imposed in the state for a specified purpose and time.

While considering Aapsu's demands, the Union minister said that he has already rolled back the extension of AFSPA to nine districts.

However, it would remain in the state as it was in the 90s, but with a reduced radius of operation.

Rijiju further informed the students' body that AFSPA will be active in the state with the assistance of 16 police stations in the border areas.

Instructions have also been given to the paramilitary forces that even at the time of operation they cannot enter the house of any tribal person without consulting or taking help from the local gaon bura (village headman), panchayat member or any prominent citizen in the suspected areas, the release added.

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