AFSPA will be repealed only if condition is conducive: Rijiju

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ifp 17 May

IMPHAL, May 17: Implementation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act depends of the ground situation. We don`™t decide on whether to continue its implementation or not, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju told media persons today.

The MoS arrived, today, at the Imphal Airport around 2:30 pm on a two-day visit to attend election campaign of the BJP in the hill districts of the State.

Speaking to media persons at the airport, Rijiju said if the ground situation is conducive, AFSPA will be withdrawn.

He continued that the report of the withdrawal of the Act from Arunachal Pradesh is not true. We don`™t decide on the Act`™s imposition or withdrawal, however, once the situation is conducive, it will be automatically withdrawn, he observed.

We also want peace prevailing in the North Eastern States, so that this kind of law /Act becomes unnecessary, he added.

However, we need to first prepare a peaceful ground reality in the region to repeal this Act, Rijiju who is from Arunachal Pradesh told the media.

Without peace there can be no development, he continued.

On the issue of a Suspension of Operation signatory group killing two labourers in the State recently, he said we have been informed of the incident and such incidents should not be allowed to happen again.

The incident is very much unfortunate, both the State and Central governments along with the security agencies are working together to ensure that everything is peaceful in the State, he said.

He said actions would be taken against the culprits but it cannot be disclosed at the moment.

Actions will be based on the official report of the ground situation submitted by the agencies of the State government, he continued.

It is an co-ordination effort between the State and Centre, he said adding that one cannot work alone in term of security measurement.

Kiren Rijiju also said that he was in the State to meet his local party workers for the upcoming ADC election in the State.

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