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Sharmila resumes fast demanding AFSPA repeal

By The Assam Tribune

IMPHAL, March 1 - Manipuri rights activist Irom Sharmila Chanu, who was acquitted by a court of the charge of attempt to suicide, resumed her 15-year-long indefinite fast at the histroic Sahid Minar here today demanding repeal of the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act in the State.

Sharmila, who was released from judicial custody by the Chief Judicial Magistrate of Imphal West yesterday, came out of the special ward of Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences Hospital here and headed for Sahid Minar with a large number of supporters.

After reaching the site, she resumed her fast to press her demand. She also told media-persons that she would continue her non-violent protest and added that violent means are not the proper way to solve the unrest in the State.

�What I am doing is for the people. I shall continue using the democratic weapon of fasting,� said Irom, also known as the �Iron Lady of Manipur�.

People who used to extend support to her campaign are wallowing in material pleasures, said Sharmila, who is on a fast-unto-death since November 4, 2000, over her demand.

Sharmila had started her fast in 2002 demanding the repeal of the Act which she termed �draconian�. � PTI

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