AFSPA

  • Government rules out changes in AFSPA in Jammu and Kashmir July 14, 2014

    New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government is understood to have ruled out changes in the controversial AFSPA in Jammu and Kashmir and favoured its continuation in the present form in the state. The decision in this regard is understood to have been taken at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on...
  • Court finds prima facie evidence against Irom Sharmila June 5, 2014

    A local court has ruled that there is prima facie evidence of attempt to commit suicide against Manipur social activist Irom Sharmila Chanu, who has been on fast for the past 13 years to demand withdrawal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from the state. Chief Judicial Magistrate of Imphal...
  • Want to meet Modi to seek repulsion of AFSPA: Irom Sharmila June 14, 2014

    Manipuri activist Irom Sharmila, who has been on hunger strike for over a decade, was in Delhi for a court hearing and hoped to meet PM Narendra Modi to seek the repulsion of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act. She was asked to appear in a 2006 case of attempting...
  • There shouldn't be a conflict between law and human rights: MoS Home May 28, 2014

    Speaking to CNN-IBN on the Irom Sharmila case, MoS Home Kiren Rijiju said that while dealing with Irom Sharmila's case, there can't be any conflict between human rights and the law. "While establishing the rule of law, there should not be any abuse of human rights," he said. ...
  • I hope Modi government repeals AFSPA: Irom Sharmila June 14, 2014

    Manipuri activist Irom Sharmila tells CNN-IBN her expectations from the new government. ...
  • Indian Army - Politicised or Criminalised? April 28, 2014

    Delhi is agog with the news that the elevation of Lt. General Dalbir Singh Suhag, Eastern Army Commander as the next Chief of Army Staff is imminent. This is despite the fact that there are allegations of serious abuse of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) under the watch of...
  • PDP accuses National Conference for spreading rumours March 24, 2014

    Peoples Democratic Party on Monday accused ruling National Conference in Jammu and Kashmir of spreading baseless rumours about the opposition party allying with BJP. "In order to divert attention from its own unholy alliances and opportunistic coalitions, one of which in 1987 set the state on path of destruction, it (National...
  • Power of 49: Women activists' demand to remove AFSPA still unfulfilled March 8, 2014

    Imphal: On Women's Day, CNN-IBN's Power of 49 series highlights how women, who form 49 per cent of the electorate, are wielding greater power in the upcoming 2014 Lok Sabha elections. However, in Manipur it seems politicians just do lip service about women's empowerment and the major demand of women...
  • Any conflict can be resolved through discussions: Rahul February 26, 2014

    Guwahati: The insurgency problem in Manipur like in Assam could be resolved through discussions, devolution of power and love, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi said on Wednesday. "I am inspired by Mahatma Gandhi that any conflict can be resolved through discussions, love and peace. So that is my answer," Gandhi...
  • Problem cannot be solved using force against people: Rahul on AFSPA February 26, 2014

    Guwahati: Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said that the Manipur situation would be resolved soon, however, he was non-committal on Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). Rahul who was interacting with Assam students also said that problem cannot be solved by using force against the people. "You cannot solve problems by...
  • Imphal band's 'A.F.S.P.A why don't you go f**k yourself?', an angry hit on Soundcloud February 25, 2014

    "Empowered with Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), soldiers have brutalised, raped, and murdered many lives in places like Kashmir and Manipur. Irom Sharmila has completed her 12 years of her protest against the act, but the world is deaf and blind still," read the description of the song 'A.F.S.P.A...
  • Omar pitches for revocation of AFSPA, says Chidambaram had same view February 24, 2014

    Srinagar: Stating that the revocation of AFSPA would be an indication of peace in Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday asserted that the gradual revocation of the controversial Act will begin in his present tenure. "Gradual revocation of AFSPA will begin in the present tenure of my government....
  • Mirwaiz hopes Kashmir peace talks will resume after elections February 23, 2014

    Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq on Sunday voiced hope that the peace dialogue will resume after the general elections and said the amalgam would support the process to resolve the Kashmir issue if the Centre shows "sincerity". Speaking at a seminar in Srinagar, he said "after the polls a...
  • Irom Sharmila rejects AAP offer to contest polls February 14, 2014

    Kolkata: Manipur's 'Iron Lady' Irom Chanu Sharmila has rejected an offer from the Aam Aadmi Party to join politics and contest this year's Lok Sabha elections. "She got an offer, but she is not interested in joining politics at all," Sharmila's brother Irom Singhajit said from Imphal on Friday. The offer...
  • Delhi court issues production warrant against Irom Sharmila January 30, 2014

    A Delhi court on Thursday issued a production warrant for March 29 against rights activist Irom Sharmila after she did not appear before it in a case lodged against her for allegedly attempting suicide during her fast-unto-death in New Delhi in 2006. The Manipuri activist, on a fast for over 12...
  • Pathribal encounter: Omar says Army's goodwill at stake over clean chit to accused January 28, 2014

    Srinagar: In his first reaction on the 2000 Pathribal encounter case, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has flayed the Indian Army, saying that it needs to be "a lot more accommodating". The Army had on Friday closed its probe in the case, acquitting the five accused soldiers, saying the...
  • Withdrawal of AFSPA would hit counter-terrorist operations in J&K: Army chief December 30, 2013

    Srinagar: The terror infrastructure across the Line of Control (LoC) has the potential to vitiate the security environment in Jammu and Kashmir and AFSPA should not be withdrawn as it is a "strategic imperative" until the US' pullout from Afghanistan in 2014, Army Chief, General Bikram Singh, has said. In an...
  • Delhi court issues production warrant against Irom Sharmila December 19, 2013

    A Delhi court on Thursday issued production warrant for January 30 against rights activist Irom Sharmila after she failed to turn up in a case lodged against her for allegedly attempting suicide during her fast-unto- death in 2006. The Manipuri activist, who has been on a fast for over 12 years...
  • Manipur: Almost all encounters in the state are fake, says NHRC November 13, 2013

    New Delhi: In the hearings after their visit to Manipur, the National Human Rights Commission has stated that many encounter cases in the state appeared to be fake. Twenty of the 44 encounter cases against the state security forces heard by the commission have been declared to be fake, whereas the...
  • Demand for dropping all charges against Irom Sharmila October 2, 2013

    Imphal: Rights activist Irom Sharmila on hunger-strike for close to 13 years demanding repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, and who has been arrested and re-arrested over the years, should be released, Amnesty International (India) said in Imphal on Wednesday. "Authorities must drop all charges against her, and...
  • Discipline security establishment in handling Kashmir, says Mufti Mohammad Sayeed September 22, 2013

    Opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP) patron and ex-chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Sunday asked the central government to discipline its security establishment in handling Jammu and Kashmir. Addressing a public meeting in Gadhigarh area of Gandhi Nagar assembly segment of Jammu district, Sayeed stressed on people's supremacy in running democratic...
  • J&K: Agitators attack Army school while protesting against killing of two youths July 1, 2013

    Kashmir: Protesters agitating against the killing of two youths in Bandipora on Monday attacked and damaged the district's Army Goodwill School. Some of the protesters even tried to set the school's building on fire but were stopped by the police who arrived in time and dispersed the crowd. The protests were...
  • Army orders inquiry over killing of two youths in J&K July 1, 2013

    Srinagar: The Army has ordered an inquiry in the alleged killing of two youths in Sumbal in Bandipora district of Kashmir. The police has also registered a murder case. Major Gen RR Nimborker, GOC Victor Forces, said, "We deeply mourn their demise. You and I want to convey our deep condolences...
  • 'Revocation of AFSPA may put peace in J&K at stake' June 17, 2013

    Udhampur: Insisting that the revocation of AFSPA might put at stake the "fragile" peace existing in Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian Army on Monday said it has given advice to the Centre on the issue and it was for the government to take a call. "It is a measured Act....
  • Omar happy over Shinde's remarks on AFSPA revocation June 13, 2013

    Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday expressed happiness over what he called the central government's acknowledgement that the "controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) has to be lifted from Jammu and Kashmir". Talking to media persons on the sidelines of a function in Srinagar, the Chief...
  • Assam Rifles deny charges of extra-judicial killings June 1, 2013

    Shillong: Assam Rifles Director General Lt Gen Ranbir Singh on Friday denied that his troopers were involved in any extra-judicial killing during their counter-insurgency operations in India's northeastern states. "It is not true that Assam Rifles is indulging in extra-judicial killings," Singh told reporters on the sidelines of the 'Go...
  • Partial revocation of AFSPA in J&K strategically difficult: BJP May 24, 2013

    Jammu: Contesting Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's proposal for partial revocation of AFSPA, the state unit of BJP on Thursday said it would be strategically difficult to nab a militant if the act is in force in one district and not in adjoining areas. Speaking to reporters in Jammu...
  • AFSPA lets the forces get away with war crimes: Sudeep Chakravarti May 23, 2013

    The controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act is in place in Manipur for the last 55 years. While the forces claim it is impossible to improve the security situation without it, its frequent abuse has led to the death and disappearance of many youths, it has led to rape of...
  • Controversial AFSPA completes 55 years despite protests for its removal May 23, 2013

    Imphal: It has been 55 years since the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) was first introduced. The longest demonstration against it has been on in Manipur with Irom Sharmila on a fast for over 12 years now. This April, Rashida Manjoo, the United Nations envoy on Violence Against Women...
  • Omar to raise AFSPA issue in internal security meet in Delhi May 22, 2013

    Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday said he would raise the issues of partial revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) during the next internal security meeting in Delhi. "The internal security meeting will be held in Delhi on June 5. The Prime Minister will...