Assam Rifles Personnel empowered to arrest, search sans warrant in NE

Assam Rifles Personnel Empowered to Arrest

Question: In which of the following North-East State, Central Government has not given Power to Arrest and Search without the Warrant?
(a) Nagaland
(b) Arunachal Pradesh
(c) Manipur
(d) Meghalaya
Answer: (d)
Related facts:

  • Assam Rifles personnel have been empowered by the central government to arrest anyone and search a place without warrant in northeastern states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland and Mizoram.
  • According to a Home Ministry notification, an officer of the rank corresponding to that of the lowest rank of members of the Assam Rifles has been given these powers under various sections of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
  • The Assam Rifles is the leading counter-insurgency force in the Northeast. It also guards the sensitive India-Myanmar border.
  • The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, which is operational in some parts of the Northeast, also gives similar powers to the Army operating in the region.

By Achyutanand Pandey


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