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Updated: November 11, 2010 21:14 IST

Sonia urged to meet Irom Sharmila

Vinay Kumar
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Irom Sharmila being offered candles by well wishers on the occasion of Diwali and completion of her ten years of fasting at Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital in Imphal on Friday. Photo: Ritu Raj Konwar
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Irom Sharmila being offered candles by well wishers on the occasion of Diwali and completion of her ten years of fasting at Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital in Imphal on Friday. Photo: Ritu Raj Konwar

On the eve of her scheduled visit to Manipur, about a hundred social activists, historians, academics, students and writers have urged UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi to meet Irom Chanu Sharmila who has been struggling for the past 10 years for removal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).

In a statement here on Thursday, they urged Ms. Gandhi as Chairperson of the National Advisory Council “to go beyond political affiliations by meeting Irom Sharmila on her visit and initiate proceedings to end the undemocratic ways in which Irom Sharmila's freedom of liberty and speech have been taken away from her.” Ms. Gandhi is scheduled to visit Manipur on Friday to inaugurate some developmental projects in the troubled North Eastern State.

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