Imphal (Manipur), Aug.22 ANI | 1 year ago

A struggling and screaming Irom Sharmila was dragged away from a tin shack by a team of police women on Friday morning.

Sharmila, who was released from police custody on Thursday evening, was planning to observe a fast at the venue over a demand for the withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA).

The police women were quoted by media, as saying they were taking her for a medical check-up after surrounding her.

When she resisted, they forcibly took a hold of her hands and legs and carried her to a police jeep and drove her away.

Forty-two-year-old Sharmila has said that she is continuing with her 14-year fast in protest against "army atrocities" in Manipur.

The activist was released after a court decided she cannot be charged with attempted suicide for refusing food and water.

The police is reported to be confounded by the court order, which says the state has to take care of Sharmila's health and feed her through a nasal tube if necessary.

Sharmila began her fast in November 2000, days after 10 people, including two children, were shot dead in Imphal, allegedly by Assam Rifles soldiers. Three days later, she was charged with attempt to suicide and arrested.

(Posted on 22-08-2014)

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