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Sharmila released for the 9th time; continues fast
Correspondent IMPHAL, MAR 10:
Published on 11 Mar. 2011 12:09 AM IST
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Manipur human rights crusader Irom Sharmila, who was on fasting under judicial custody, has been released Thursday with the completion of another one year sentence for “attempt to commit suicide” under section 309 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
She is likely to be re-arrested as she continues with her fasting, which is entering 11 years. Sharmila showed signs of weakness but her spirit was still indomitable. She said she was determined to continue the fast for the cause which she has been upholding for more than a decade.
“I may be re-arrested but it will not deter me from continuing with the hunger strike,” Sharmila said. She came out from the JNIMS hospital where she was administered nasal feeding for the last more than 10 years.
Members of the Sharmila Kanba Lup escorted her from the hospital to the venue of a relay hunger strike near Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital at Porompat. Members of the Lup had for more than one year launched a relay hunger strike there but it was suspended around six months ago.
A group of women supporters would be keeping vigil throughout the night and remain with her throughout her fasting period. A police team, including female personnel, has been detailed near the strike venue to ensure her safety.
“I am not trying to commit suicide. I don’t want to die. But I am ready to die for the cause,” Sharmila said.
Sharmila began her hunger strike in November 2000 demanding scrapping of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act.
Her strike was triggered by the incident of killing of 10 civilians by Assam Rifles troops in retaliation to a militant attack on November 2, 2000 at Malom in Imphal West. The court of district and sessions judge Manipur East, is investigating the Malom firing case.

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