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The Central Government on Wednesday has categorically made it clear that there is no proposal under consideration to discontinue the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) in Tirap, Changlang and Longding areas of Arunachal Pradesh.

This was stated in the Lok Sabha by Union Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre on Wednesday.

Bhamre also said that on November 17 last, during an operation conducted in the area of Laptang in Khonsa Circle, a militant was apprehended who gave inputs about presence of ‘war like stores’ in three houses at Longkjon village in Londing district.

As a follow up to the inputs, on November 18-19 an Army column searched the three suspected houses in Longkjon, Bhamre said in a written reply to a question.

“The search operation was conducted in accordance with the laid down procedures, causing no undue harassment of the locals. Post the search operation, a no objection certificate was obtained from the village elders.

“Based on certain allegations regarding misconduct and harassment, the incident was inquired into and villagers have confirmed that there are no complaints against the Army,” he stated the Parliament.


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