Irom Sharmila: `ready to give up everything if people are not satisfied`

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IMPHAL, April 9: “If the people of the state are not aware that my struggle is on account of the people  to save them from being killed and harassed by security forces under the draconian law, if people believe that my struggle is only to become famous, and if people are not satisfied with my struggle against AFSPA, I will give up everything and return back all the awards and titles given to me,” an emotional Irom Sharmila told media while she was being produced before the Judical Magistrate Imphal east today at Lamphel.

She said that it is very unfortunate that some individual have made a mockery on her struggle for the repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act by fasting for more than 12 years and added that her struggle was not out of  pressure by anyone and under the  influence of anyone.

Sharmila said that when she was produced at the Delhi Patiala courts, there was a mass response from the side of the National and International media at New Delhi with some positive and the negative responses from the national newspapers.

She further said that she feels discouraged and that she condemned the comments made on articles which were published in some national newspaper and pointed out that they were being made by a person called `Babu Moshay` and 44 followers from Mumbai under the title “ Politics of health, Student of NSW”.

While interacting with media persons outside the court, Sharmila  condemned the brutal killing of N Satyabhama and said that the state is witnessing such type of crime since many years. “These crimes are on an increase because the state government has failed to give  befitting punishment to the arrested person who are involved,” she said. 

Commenting on the 6 encounter cases of the state being heard at the Supreme Court,she said that it is very unfortunate  the state government  has also failed to give any befitting punishment to the guilty police personal who are involved in such  cases. Saying the she was against capital punishment for security personnel involved in the fake encounters, Sharmila went on to say  that if the leaders of the state do their work with transparency and with full dedication then the public will have  faith on  law makers and the political leaders of the state.

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