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Irom Sharmila resumes fast after release

Manipuri Rights activist and anti-AFSPA (Armed Force Special Power Act, 1958) crusader Irom Chanu Sharmila being produced at Patiala House Courts, in New Delhi. File photo: Sandeep Saxena

Manipuri Rights activist and anti-AFSPA (Armed Force Special Power Act, 1958) crusader Irom Chanu Sharmila being produced at Patiala House Courts, in New Delhi. File photo: Sandeep Saxena

Civil Rights activist Irom Sharmila who was released after the suicide attempt charge against her was quashed, continued her fast unto death from Thursday night in the heart of the Imphal town. A medical team is constantly monitoring her health and police are standing by at a short distance to rearrest her any time on Saturday.

On Thursday Wisdom Kamodang, judicial magistrate, Imphal East ordered her release since the prosecution has failed to establish that Ms. Sharmila was attempting to commit suicide. She was released on Thursday night. But accompanied by women activists of Save Sharmila Group she went straight to the Imphal town and continued the fast by squatting at the foot of the elephant and King Bhagyachandra statue.

She has been on fast unto death since November 4, 2000 demanding the repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 which gives carte blanche to the security forces while combating the insurgents.

>On August 19, 2014 the District and Sessions court had ordered her release since the prosecution could not prove that she was attempting to commit suicide. However, the social activist maintained that she too want want to sense all the enjoyments of the world but only after the draconian AFSPA [Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act] is removed.

Police had to rearrest her since she continued her fast.

She was detained under section 309 IPC (attempt to commit suicide). 


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