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Human rights activists in Manipur condemn GoI
Correspondent IMPHAL, JUL 25:
Published on 25 Jul. 2010 11:06 PM IST
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Human rights activists in Manipur lamented that Government of India is keeping partiality views towards its people. The "100 Days Countdown" towards the completion of Irom Sharmila's 10 years hunger strike was launched on Sunday.
The partiality towards the people of North Eastern region and Jammu and Kashmir had been clearly indicated by not using Army in curbing Maoists even though they were using the counter insurgency operations in the aforesaid states, human rights activist Babaloo Loitongbam of the Just Peace Foundation (JPF) asserted. He said that Army had been deployed in North Eastern Region and Jammu and Kashmir in large number in the name of curbing insurgencies by giving extra power under the AFSPA, 1958.
He further lamented that under the shadow of the Act, Army were violating rights of the people in rampant manner and despite hue and cry of people of the region, government of India is remaining deaf.
Who had ever fasted for 10-year for the cause of human rights in the globe but Irom Sharmila was struggling for the last nine years for the cause of the people and going to complete 10 year in November this year, he said. Terming the struggle of the Sharmila as an "extraordinary struggle of an extraordinary woman," Iboyaima Singh (popularly known as father of social worker in Manipur) said "the struggle exemplifies the triumph of human spirit over the unbridled power of the mighty Indian state."
On 2 November 2010, Irom Sharmila Chanu's fasting stir will complete ten years demanding the repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA). She began her protest a day after the Malom massacre where 10 civilians were gunned down by the Armed Forces on 2 November 2000.

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