Rangapahar (Nagaland) Jan. 10: The defence ministry has practically ruled out a repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act in the wake of the Assam carnage and the decision to give the army sweeping powers in a renewed drive against Ulfa.
Defence minister A.K. Antony said here at the headquarters of the army’s 3 Corps that “when our soldiers are operating in such difficult situations, they need special protection. We are in consultations with the home ministry to give it (the army act) a human touch.”
“I am just coming from Assam where more than 60 people have been killed," he added. He also said that despite “cordial relations” with Myanmar, it was too early to speculate on a Bhutan-type operation against militants based in that country. The issue has been taken up with Bangladesh through several channels, he added.