Political parties, including the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist and tribal-based opposition parties, have been demanding withdrawal of AFSPA.

"In view of the significant taming of terrorism in Tripura, the Council of Ministers today (Wednesday) decided to withdraw the AFSPA from the entire state," Chief Minister Manik Sarkar told reporters.

"The decisions were taken in view of the decrease of militancy-related incidents in Tripura over the last few years. However, the security forces would be watchful over the situation," Sarkar said.

An official with the state Home department said: "Though the four-and-half-decade-old terrorism has been tamed in Tripura, the state government is always cautious about the terror outfits and their activities."

Tripura has 74 police stations and AFSPA has been in force in 30 police station areas. It was fully operational in 26 police station areas and partially in four. The law was first enforced in Tripura in February 1997, when terrorism was at its peak in the state, bordering Bangladesh.

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