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To Be or Not To Be: Clamour For Repeal Of AFSPA Is Ill-informed Of Ground Reality

Contrary to popular perception, the law has necessary checks and balances. And the Army needs it to be effective in conflict zones.

To Be or Not To Be: Clamour For Repeal Of AFSPA Is Ill-informed Of Ground Reality

On the cold, dark winter evening of Dec­e­mber 4, 2021, the Indian Army’s Spe­c­ial Forces, acting on specific int­elli­gence, laid an ambush for insurgents in Mon district of Nagaland. On that fateful day, six innocent people were killed in the firing on a vehicle suspected of ferrying insurgents. Two other passengers injured in the incident were evacuated to a nearby hospital, by the Army personnel. The incident turned out to be a case of ‘mistaken identity’.

Even as the army authorities were quick to ack­nowledge their grave mistake, an angry mob, armed with dahs (traditional broadsword) ass­aulted the army personnel, killing one soldier and injuring several others. Two army vehicles were burnt. The army personnel opened fire to disperse the hostile crowd, and seven more people lost their lives in the firing.

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