IMPHAL, March 2 - Irom Sharmila Chanu has refused to accept the �security escort� provided to her by Manipur Government under the direction of Election Commission of India.
Sharmila said that she has no enmity with anyone and has �nothing to fear about�. The former iconic human rights figure said she does not approve of the �VIP culture� of being surrounded by armed forces and wants to be with the people.
Additional Chief Secretary J Suresh Babu said, �The State authorities are doing their part as the ECI has directed them to provide security to Sharmila as she travels alone almost all the time.� �Security has been provided to Sharmila for her own safety,� he said.
Sharmila�s party People�s Resurgence and Justice Alliance sources said six personnel from the State armed forces were provided for her security. � PTI