IMPHAL, March 13 � Manipur�s anti-AFSPA activist Irom Chanu Sharmila was freed from detention on Thursday afternoon, a day ahead of her 42nd birthday.
Sharmila, who has been on hunger strike for the last 13 years and is force-fed, demanding repeal of the AFSPA, is ritually arrested on the charge of attempting to commit suicide on an annual basis.
She had been similarly released on completion of jail term in past years, but re-arrested after two-three days for refusal to withdraw her fast.
Sharmila, who is confined to a Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) hospital security ward 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.
Minutes after being freed following a district court order around 5.10 pm today, Sharmila informed that she will continue her strike.