Union Government declares whole of Nagaland as ‘disturbed area’
Union home ministry has declared entire Nagaland state as a ‘disturbed area’ for one year period with an immediate effect from June 30, 2015.
The state was declared as “disturbed” area under Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958. With this declaration the armed forces get powers to search, raid and arrest anyone without a warrant.
This decision was taken after Naga rebel outfit, Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland- Khaplang (NSCN-K) had ambushed on Indian Army convoy killing 18 Army personnel in in Chandel district of Manipur in June 2015.
Indian Army had retaliated this attack with cross-border surgical strikes against NSCN(K) and allied outfits in Myanmar region near Indian border.
Union government also has initiated the process to reimpose ban on NSCN(K) under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 1967. This ban will help the security establishment to crack down upon the outlawed elements and also freeze their assets and properties.