She was picked up by the State Police after she refused to end her eight-year long hunger protest. She has been on a continuous fast for the past nine years demanding complete withdrawal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act 1958.
36-year-old Sharmila began her fast in 2000 to protest against human rights abuses. But she was soon arrested and charged with attempted suicide.
Sharmila has since been force-fed by nasal tube in a government-run hospital in Imphal.
She had said she would fast until the government repeals the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), which gives soldiers sweeping powers. Sharmila has vowed to continue with her struggle.
Sharmila has become an iconic figure for the militants in Manipur since launching her hunger strike after soldiers allegedly shot ten young men at a bus stop in a small town there.