KB Sharma admitted to JNIMS

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IMPHAL, July 9: After three days of hunger strike, Kakchingtabam Birahari Sharma was today admitted to JNIMS at around 6:30 pm by the Sajiwa jail authorities after his health condition deteriorated.

Speaking with media persons at JNIMS today KB Sharma said that the jail authorities using force tried to inject glucose to him, but as he denied to take any form of treatment at the jail he was later brought to JNIMS by the jail authorities. The doctors at JNIMS also tried for nose feeding but he again denied any form of treatment to him.

He further said that he will not take any step back until and unless his demands are made and he will not allow nose feeding or any form of treatment to him against his wish.

Kakchingtabam Birahari Sharma, 72, from Thongju Part-II who has begun an indefinite hunger strike from July 6 demanding the implementation of Inner Line Permit System in the state has been remanded to judicial custody after he was arrested by Singjamei Police from Kwakeithel Akham Leikai Community Hall in the intervening night of July 7 and 8.

KB Sharma who is the advisor of Federation of Regional Indigenous Society (FREINDS) was arrested by a team of Singjamei Police led by a sub-inspector at 12.19 am yesterday. He has been charged with attempt to commit suicide under Section 309 of Indian Penal Code.

He was forcibly admitted to Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) at around 2 pm but refused to take any form of treatment. The police then took him away from the hospital after getting permission from the medical superintendent.

KB Sharma was then produced at the residence of Judicial Magistrate 1st Class (JMIC) Imphal West, Yumkham Lothar. He was remanded to judicial custody after he refused to take bail stating that he would continue the hunger strike until and unless the Inner Line Permit System is implemented in the state. He has been lodged at Sajiwa Central Jail and still continues the hunger strike.

Meanwhile, members of the Joint Action Committee on Inner Line Permit System have expressed their willingness to keep him at the ICU or Special Ward.

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