INPT demands withdrawal of Disturbed Area Act from Tripura
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Last Updated: Friday, March 19, 2010, 17:53
Agartala: Opposition Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT), a tribal organisation, on Friday demanded withdrawal of Disturbed Area Act from Tripura, which is allegedly causing harassment to the people living in remote areas of the state.

"We have demanded it's immediate withdrawal from the state because it causes harassment to people and when the Left Front Government is claiming that the insurgency is on the wane then why do they continue to impose it", INPT general secretary Rabindra Debbarma told agency today.

The act is imposed under the provision of Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) in 40 police station areas of the state, which was reinforced in October last, for six months.

He alleged that the state machinery would use the act as their political instrument before the elction of 30-member Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomus District Council (TTAADC), scheduled to be held in May.

Debbarma said the state government had enforced the act since February 16,1997, to persecute the tribal people and it has always been misused by security personnel in the remote and tribal dominated areas.


First Published: Friday, March 19, 2010, 17:53

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