Three days after her release, anti-AFSPA activist Irom Sharmila re-arrested from protest site

Sharmila has been taken back to her ward at the JNIMS to be force fed through her nose.

By: Press Trust of India Written by Esha Roy | Imphal | Updated: August 22, 2014 9:23 pm
irom480 Sources said 42-year-old Sharmila was being taken for a medical check-up after she declined to eat or drink. (Source: PTI)

Manipuri police re-arrested 42-year-old anti-AFSPA activist Irom Sharmila after taking her away from a protest site.

Sharmila has been taken back to her ward at the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) to be force fed through her nose. She had been without any kind of nutrition since the time she had been released Wednesday evening.


This is the second time that the police had come to take her. With the sessions court having thrown out charges of section 309 of the Indian Penal Code, attempt to suicide, the Manipur police cannot take her into custody without proper cause.

Sharmila’s health remains a main cause for concern after her release. The court order further says that it is the State’s responsibility to ensure that her health does not deteriorate and that proper medical attention is provided to her.

Members of the Save Sharmila campaign say that they are unsure whether she has been arrested or simply taken for medical attention. There is a high possibility that she may be released after her force feeding.


A similar drama played out last night amid the pouring rain as police personnel started gathering in front of the shed where Sharmila is spending most of her time. Gyspsys and two vans full of police personnel, including women police and some senior police officers arrived at the spot and held lengthy negotiations with her. They tried convincing Sharmila to leave with them so that she could get medical care but she flatly refused.

The senior policemen left after 45 minutes of cajoling, leaving behind two gypsys and around 10 policemen on guard. At around 10.30 pm they were back. This time with a doctor and two nurses. The medical team was taken in. Sharmila once again refused. They were unable to even check her blood pressure.


After a hectic day of meeting people, the frail Sharmila then sat up most of the night under a bright red mosquito net. “I am feeling well. I don’t know why the police had come. I don’t know if they wanted to arrest me,’’she said sleepily. The Imas (mothers) surrounding her said that the police would be back to take her.

With the onus of Sharmila’s health on hem, the police arrived this morning and picked her up. Whether she will be released again is yet to be seen.

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    Marsk Anthony
    Aug 22, 2014 at 8:07 am
    Ok, so I figured out there is an agency called AFSPA. It doesn't tell me much other than he was force fed through his nose for not eating or drinking.
  2. D
    Aug 22, 2014 at 12:16 pm
    So the poor police has to ensure she is in good health but not force feed her ???
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    Giridharan Velamore
    Aug 23, 2014 at 1:30 am
    The court's observation is inexplicable. First of all, Ms. Irom has indeed fought a brave battle on the non-violent path. But I'm doubtful of removing AFSPA. In an environment of external threats from Pak and China, the threat in Kashmir and NE states is undeniable. Can the effects on public be minimized in AFSPA controlled regions? What are the conditions that the government want to remove AFSPA?If Ms. Irom is not taking food, how can the court say that she is not attempting suicide, however just her cause may be? The court, I believe is indirectly supporting the removal of AFSPA
  4. G
    Aug 22, 2014 at 7:41 am
    It shows that the Govt is too scared of her.
  5. K
    Aug 22, 2014 at 4:46 pm
    How many families with sisters and daughters would love to see army-men with sweeping powers outside their doorsteps for half a century ?
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    Saurabh Prakash
    Aug 22, 2014 at 7:25 am
    She is Sharmila with the iron will. We should be proud that such Indians exist. Unfortunately the Arnab Goswamys of India will only use her name to propagate their narrow view of what the freedom of speech and expression means (which, according to them means never criticising India or at least never criticising the armed forces irrespective of what they do). The Arnab Goswamys will never understand that the freedom of speech and expression has a meaning only if it can be used to criticise those in power (for there are any number of people who are willing to praise and to pander to them anyway). In that they are like Israel who never acknowledges the rights of others and calls anyone who opposes its policies a "terrorist". So i say, power to Irom, the Iron lady of India. I hope she is able to change something about this potentially great but wallowing-in-pettiness country.
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    sriram Subramanian
    Aug 22, 2014 at 8:35 am
    This is absolutely ridiculous. Anna Hazare was never forcefed. I wonder if this same treatment will be meted out to people who we think are mainstream Indian. Irom Sharmila is a brave person to take a tough stand on AFSPA and rightly so. As much as people respect the army, no insution should ever be given a free hand with no controls. There will be utter rebellion if AFSPA was imposed on a large non-border state like UP or Maharashtra!
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