On 40th birthday, Irom Sharmila re-arrested

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Irom Sharmila
Imphal, March 14: On her 40th birthday, Irom Sharmila Chanu who has been on fast for several years, demanding for the repeal of the 'draconian' Armed Forces Special Powers Act from Manipur was re-arrested on Thursday.

On Tuesday, Sharmila was released by the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court in Imphal East and produced before the court. They have remanded her to judicial custody till March 26.

Soon after her release on Tuesday, Sharmila went to Sharmila Kanba Lup Shanglen' (Save Sharmila office) near the Jawaharlal Nehru hospital and continued her fast unto death.

Sources said that she is not co-operating with the doctors and police. Her condition is said to be deteriorating. After her arrest she was taken to a hospital which has been converted into a jail and foce fed, sources said.

Sharmila's elder borther Irom Singhajit told reporters that the 'government should withdraw the AFSPA, imposed since 1980, from the state, on a trial basis.'

Sharmila started her hunger strike in Nov 2000 after the "Malom Massacre" an where 10 innocent persons were werein Nov 2000 after the "Malom Massacre" an where 10 innocent persons of the Assam Rifles.

Since she refuses to break her world-record fast, she is again arrested and then produced in court every 15 days for the extension of her custody. She has been the recipient of several awards including the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights in 2007 and the Rabindranath Tagore Peace Prize in 2010.

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