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Irom Sharmila freed from detention

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IMPHAL, March 12 � Manipur�s anti-AFSPA activist Irom Chanu Sharmila was freed from her annual detention today, two days before her 41st birthday, setting the stage for her rearrest routine to be played out again.

Sharmila, who has been on a hunger strike for the last 12 years for repeal of the AFSPA, is ritually arrested, freed and rearrested on the charge of attempting to commit suicide.

Sharmila, after being freed by the district court in Imphal, told reporters said that she would never break her fast till her demand was fulfilled.

Sharmila, who is confined to a hospital during detention, had launched her fast on November 4, 2000, two days after security forces killed 10 people at Malom on the outskirts of Imphal. Escorted by local women, she moved to a thatched house near the JNIMS Hospital here where she began her agitation again.

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Irom Sharmila freed from detention

IMPHAL, March 12 � Manipur�s anti-AFSPA activist Irom Chanu Sharmila was freed from her annual detention today, two days before her 41st birthday, setting the stage for her rearrest routine to be played out again.

Sharmila, who has been on a hunger strike for the last 12 years for repeal of the AFSPA, is ritually arrested, freed and rearrested on the charge of attempting to commit suicide.

Sharmila, after being freed by the district court in Imphal, told reporters said that she would never break her fast till her demand was fulfilled.

Sharmila, who is confined to a hospital during detention, had launched her fast on November 4, 2000, two days after security forces killed 10 people at Malom on the outskirts of Imphal. Escorted by local women, she moved to a thatched house near the JNIMS Hospital here where she began her agitation again.

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