The law usually requires that a search warrant is obtained by an authority in order to search a place. But under AFSPA, the armed forces have special powers to search a place without a warrant.
The officer can enter and search any premises without a warrant for any of the following acts:
- To arrest someone;
- To recover any person believed to be wrongfully restrained or confined;
- To search any property reasonably suspected to be stolen property;
- To search for any arms, ammunition or explosive substances believed to be unlawfully kept in the premises.