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Forty Years Ago, April 8, 1980: Assam status quo

Forty Years Ago, April 8, 1980: Assam status quo
The Indian Express, April 8, 1980, forty years ago.

Justice B L Hansaria of the Gauhati High Court ordered the stay of operation of the two government notifications issued on April 5 under the Assam Disturbed Areas Act 1955 and the Armed forces (Assam and Manipur) Special Powers Act 1958. The notifications came into force yesterday throughout Assam, except the North Cachar Hills district. The court also by a rule on the state of Assam and the Union of India asked them to show cause within ten days why the two notifications should not be set aside. While ordering the stay, the High Court issued a ten-day notice to the state government.

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