Sharmila donates to rickshaw pullers

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IMPHAL, Feb 20: Irom Chanu Sharmila, the crusader of AFSPA, has donated Rs 41 thousand for the welfare of the All Manipur Rickshaw Drivers’ and Pullers’ Welfare Association (AMRDPA).

The donation was handed over to the representative of the AMRDPA today at the JNIMS security ward. The AMRDPA was led by its president Thokchom Basanta, secretary Ningthemba Luwang and Organisation secretary, Roshinikanta.

Speaking to IFP, members of the AMRDPA attributed Sharmila’s philanthropic gesture to solidarity shown by the association who recently organised a rally in protest against AFSPA.

Sharmila handed over a cheque amount of 41 thousands rupees, further informed the rickshaw pullers.

The rickshaw puller expressing their appreciation on the gesture of Sharmila, informed that the donated amount will not be used for other purpose but only to organised movement against AFSPA.

Conveying a clarification made by Sharmila, the rickshaw puller informed that even as Sharmila had declared to donate rupees four lakh to the International Red Cross Society Manipur.

The donation has not been made but she expressed disappointment on the part of some local daily who mistaken reported to have donated the amount.   

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