SRINAGAR, APR 23: The Home Ministry in a gazatte notification on Monday removed the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), 1958, from Meghalaya and eight police stations in Arunachal Pradesh (AP).
Moreover, the Centre also relaxed rules for grant of restricted area permit to foreigners visiting Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland.
However, restrictions will remain for tourists from ‘countries of concern’ – Pakistan, Afghanistan and China. AFSPA gives full operational control to the Army to launch targeted strikes, arrest and frisk civilian citizens in areas declared “disturbed ” under the Act. (PTK)