INPT claims of assurance from PM on AFSPA amendment
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Last Updated: Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 17:56
Agartala: The Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT), a tribal party, on Tuesday claimed that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had assured them that the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 would be suitably amended.

INPT general secretary Rabindra Debbarma told reporters that the assurance was given when they met the Prime Minister and Union Home Minister in Delhi last month.

Pointing out that the act provided unlimited powers to the paramilitary forces, he alleged that about 1,500 tribal youths have been arrested by paramilitary forces over the years on "false charges".

The act is in force in 40 police station areas since 1997.

Debbarma also claimed that the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council formed in 1985 to safeguard tribals culturally and economically had failed to accomplish it's mission due to non-availability of funds and adequate powers.

"We have demanded more autonomy on the lines of the Bodo Territorial Council so that funds are directly received by the tribal council.

More legislative power should be given to safeguard the interests of tribal, who constitute one-third of the population in the state," Debbarma said.

The INPT leader said that the Centre had assured it would send a team to review functioning of the Council.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 17:56

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