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Irom Sharmila To Break Her 16-Year-Long Hunger Strike And Contest Elections From Manipur

Updated on 28 July, 2016 at 2:12 pm By

Irom Chanu Sharmila, who has been on a 16-year-long fast opposing the AFSPA in Manipur, will now end it. According to reports, Sharmila will contest elections from the state.

The 42-year-old ‘Iron Lady’ herself announced her decision before mediapersons outside the Imphal Court on Tuesday.


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All through these 16 years, Sharmila was fed through a nasal tube. Her peaceful protest against the Army’s AFSPA has received worldwide attention.



 

PTI

PTI

Her hunger strike began in November 2000 following the deaths of 10 people at a bus stop allegedly at the hands of Assam Rifles. Ever since she persisted on her demand while refusing food and water.


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The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act was enacted in 1958 for control in areas considered ‘disturbed’. It is currently in force in Manipur and other north eastern states barring Tripura.

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