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Nagaland Incident: ‘Time For Centre And States To Review AFSPA In Northeast’, Says Irom Sharmila

Dec 13, 2021 PTI

Nagaland firing incident resulted into the killing of 14 civilians and a soldier. The botched anti-insurgency operation and retaliatory violence on December 4 and the following day in Nagaland's Mon district created massive uproar on AFSPA.

Mon Killing Clear Abuse Of AFSPA : Rio

Dec 10, 2021 Outlook Web Desk

Expressing his condolences to the Konyak community, to which the civilians belonged, the chief minister appealed them to maintain peace.

Nagaland Killings To Malom Massacre: A Look At Fake Encounters Under AFSPA In Violation Of Human Rights

On this International Human Right’s Day, which pledges for ‘Equality’, let’s look at a few incidents in the past that saw innocent civilians dying to AFSPA in fake encounters.

Life And Death Under AFSPA: A Poet's Grief Of Losing Her Brother

Dec 09, 2021 Dr. Buno Iralu

An associate professor from Kohima, Dr. Buno Iralu, shares with us the grief of losing her brother who was killed in 1998 owing to the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA),1958.

And The Madman Laughs: A First Hand Account Of Recent Atrocity In Nagaland

In light of the recent civilian killings in Nagaland's Mon district, H Kemya Yanlem, a student from Nagaland, shares with us how the never-ending cycle of violence exacts a mental toll through her poem ‘And The Madman Laughs’.

09 December, 2021

Verses From Mon | A Poet's Ode To The Victims Of Nagaland Firing

Benny Yanthan

Beni Sumer Yanthan (Yanbeni ) is a poet and folklorist from Nagaland belonging to the Lotha-Naga and War-Jaintia tribe of Meghalaya. Her poetries illustrate deep anguish of AFSPA victims.

09 December, 2021

AFSPA: When SC Probe Panel Found Six Encounters In Manipur To Be Fake

Ashutosh Sharma

At present, AFSPA is in force in Nagaland, Assam and parts of Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh in the northeast. Jammu and Kashmir has a similar law called Armed Forces (Jammu & Kashmir) Special Powers Act, 1990.

07 December, 2021

Indian Army Appoints Officer Of Major General Rank To Head Its Court Of Inquiry In Nagaland Firing Incident

Outlook Web Desk

Fourteen civilians were killed in related incidents of firing in the restive state of Nagaland on Saturday and Sunday.

07 December, 2021

AFSPA Factsheet: The Act And Its Extension In India

Outlook Web Desk

With the AFSPA now back under scrutiny, we take a look at where it is still in effect and where has it been repealed

07 December, 2021

Nagaland Ambush: Major General Rank Officer To Head Indian Army's Court Of Enquiry


According to sources, the inquiry headed by a Major General rank officer of Indian Army will primarily focus on the 'intelligence' and the 'circumstances' on which the operation of the 21 Para Special Forces was based on.

07 December, 2021

Why AFSPA In Jammu And Kashmir Is Not Just A Defence Act

Naseer Ganai

Has the AFSPA become an ideological Act, a tool to revise Kashmir history? Many analysts believe so.


07 December, 2021

How Nagaland Incident Flared Up And Why There Is A Call To Repeal AFSPA

Outlook Web Desk

The Nagaland incident has highlighted several flaws in the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), so much so that calls for repeal of this act are being made again. What went wrong? We explain.

07 December, 2021

Nagaland Ambush: Not Just AFSPA, It’s Time To Do Away With Most Special Laws

Dilip Borah

Nagaland ambush: It may be time for India to uphold human dignity, take a hard look at some of its regressive laws like AFSPA which includes Special Laws that authorises detention without trial.

06 December, 2021

Nagaland CM Seeks Repeal Of AFSPA, 14 Slain Civilians Laid To Rest

Outlook Web Desk

Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Monday demanded the repeal of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 from the state, where 14 civilians were killed by security forces in Mon district in an anti-insurgency operation fiasco and said the state too has special powers.

01 October, 2021

Arunachal Pradesh: 3 Districts And Area Under 2 Police Stations Declared 'Dangerous' Under AFSPA

Outlook Web Desk

Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts in Arunachal Pradesh and the areas falling within the jurisdiction of Namsai and Mahadevpur police stations in Arunachal Pradesh, are declared as 'disturbed area' under Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958.

04 September, 2021

When State Is Allowed To Deprive A Person Of Her Life And Liberty: The Curious Case Of Our Criminal Laws

Dilip Borah

The time to call a halt to arbitrary powers of the State is now; else it may be too late!

30 December, 2020

Entire Nagaland Declared 'Disturbed Area' Under AFSPA As Condition 'Dangerous'


The Centre is of the opinion that AFSPA is necessary as the whole of Nagaland is in a ‘disturbed and dangerous condition’


06 November, 2020

Talks With NSCN-IM On Naga Issue In Advance Stage: Ajay Kumar Bhalla


'The central government is in peace negotiations with almost all groups of the Northeast including the ULFA and the major ones', says Bhalla.

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A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.

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Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.

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A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.

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Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

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The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

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Nagaland To Lakhimpur Kheri: Rights, Regimes And Restitutions in Times Of Turbulence

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