On 27 May 2015, the Tripura government decided to withdrawn the eighteen-year-old AFSPA from the State with immediate effect.
“Insurgency has come down to near zero in the State. The demand for withdrawing AFSPA had been made at various levels. But we could not take the final decision as the security forces did not give the final go ahead,” said Chief Minister Manik Sarkar.
AFSPA was promulgated in the State on 16 February 1997, owing to the relentless violence and bloodshed during the period. Following the provisions of the Act, it was reviewed and extended every six months for the past 18 years.
Initially, AFSPA was imposed across two-thirds of the police station areas in the State, but gradually its extent was reduced with improving situation. At present, AFSPA was operational fully in 26 police station areas and partially in four police station areas out of 74 police stations and 36 outposts of Tripura.
With the Act’s withdrawal, the people of the State can freely travel on National Highway 44 till 12 midnight, which till recently was allowed till 10 pm only.