Armed Forces Special Powers Act

AFSPA

The Armed Personnel Special Powers Act (AFSPA) empowers armed forces to keep the peace in “disturbed areas. “If they believe a person is breaking the law, they have the ability to prevent a gathering of five or more people in a given location, use force, or even open fire after warning. The army can also arrest someone without a warrant, enter or search a location without a warrant, and prohibit the possession of firearms if there is probable suspicion. Any person arrested or detained may be handed over to the officer in charge of the local police station, along with a report describing the facts surrounding the arrest.

  • History Behind It
  • What is the Act
  • What is a ‘Disturbed Area’
  • Areas Under AFSPA

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