Irom Sharmila: disappointed not to meet community groups

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IMPHAL, January 11: Irom Chanu Sharmila was today produced before the 1st Class Judicial Magistrate of Imphal East and further remanded to 15 days of  judicial custody around 11.30 at Lamphelpat today.

Speaking to the (IFP) reporter after coming out from the court room, Sharmila said that being a part of of a democratic country, it is very unfortunate that she was not allowed to have an audience with J&K MLA, Engineer Hashid of Langate constituency, Kupawara on 9th December by the state government. She expressed her disappointment that the MLA was not given the clearance to meet her since he had come to the state to meet her by road all the way from Jammu and Kashmir. She added, ” My agitation against AFSPA in a non violent approach. But while all prisoners are allowed to meet visitors for a specific time period, she was not allowed by the state government to have any meetings. ”

She also said that she is not fasting to die but for the repeal of AFSPA  saying that it was unfair that she has been kept in judicial custody on the charges of attempted to committing suicide under the case FIR o 95(3)2012 PRT police station under section 309 Indian Panel Code. She further added that the charge of contempt of court by the Patiala Court is not correct as she was not sent by the state government when she was asked to appear in the Delhi Patiala Court  regarding a case on October 17 saying there is lack of fund for the state government to send her to Delhi.

“I would like to appeal to the Trust made in the support of my struggle against the repeal of AFSPA act to organize its campaigns in a better way and try bringing every community living together in the state to fight against the draconian law,” said Sharmila while adding that she feels disappointed that whenever she is released form judicial custody, she does not get to meet representatives of the various communities that live in the state. She further said that she would be released in the last week of march from the judicial custody after finishing her one year term.

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