The four districts from where the act has been lifted are — Jorhat, Golaghat, Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao. Assam has 35 districts.
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The Assam cabinet had recently recommended the complete withdrawal of AFSPA from the state but as the four districts are still witnessing militant activities of the outlawed Ulfa over the decades, they will continue to have the “disturbed areas” status, resulting in the enforcement of AFSPA.
“As per the new notification that came in force from today, AFSPA will be in force only in four districts of Assam — Charaideo, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia. From the rest of Assam, the Disturbed Area Act and AFSPA have been withdrawn,” Assam DGP GP Singh said on Sunday.
While the “disturbed areas” notification was in force since 1990 in the whole of Assam, it was removed with effect from April 1 last year, except in nine districts and one sub-subdivision of another district. Later, from April 1 this year, it was further reduced to eight districts and was in effect till Saturday (September 30) for a period of six months.