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No heed to Gandhian protests in Manipur
Correspondent IMPHAL, JAN 30:
Published on 31 Jan. 2009 1:08 AM IST
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Gandhigiri or a non-violent form of protest by many people in Manipur does not seem to receive the attention they deserve from the state government even as Manipur paid rich floral tribute to the portrait of the Gandhiji on his 61 death anniversary, which was also celebrated as state “Martyrs Day”. It may be pointed out that Irom Sharmila Chanu on fast (though being forced fed through IV tube) since the past eight years, has been demanding repeal of the Armed Forces Special Power Act, 1958 from Manipur. The relay hunger strike of the womenfolk showing solidarity to the cause of Sharmila entered the 51 day Friday. The relay hunger strike is being carried out at Porompat PAD Complex located near the JN Hospital where Sharmila is lodged at the security ward of the hospital and forced with nasal feeding for more than eight years. The stir is spearheaded by Sharmila Kanba Lup, a women body based organization to fight the cause of Sharmila from December 10 last year also observed as “International Human Rights Day” “Inspite of respecting us, this government is trying to disperse us from continuing our peaceful relay hunger strike by sending out police personnel. They (police) are scolding us using barbaric language without any respect us who are like their mothers,” 70-year old Janaki Devi, co-convener of the Sharmila Kanba Lup reacting with shock and disappointment at the attitude of the police personnel. “A team of police commandos on Wednesday night conducted a search operation at the relay hunger strike site”, she said adding that the commandos not only threatened them of eviction but assaulted them verbally. Meanwhile the state observed “Martyrs’ Day” with a state level function at Gandhi Memorial Hall where state governor, Gurbachan Jagat paid a floral tribute to the statue of the Mahatama Gandhi. The state also observed two minute silence in memory of the martyrs. Governor, Gurbachan Jagat graced the observation function as chief guest which was also attended by CM, O Ibobi Singh, ministers, MLAs and top officials of the state government.

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