Irom Sharmila stopped from joining Hazare: Patkar

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 18:22

New Delhi: Manipur-based social activist
Irom Sharmila, who has been fasting against AFSPA for the last
ten years, will not be able to join Anna Hazare`s agitation
here as she has been prevented by authorities from doing so,
activists claimed on Wednesday.

"Sharmila will not be able to join us here at Ramlila
Maidan as she had desired. The authorities in her state did
not allow her," activist Medha Patkar announced to the
protestors here.

Assam based RTI activist Akhil Gogoi also seconded what
Patkar said.

"Sharmila wanted to tell the country about her fight that
she has been undertaking against the Armed Forces Special
Powers Act by coming here. But she will not be able to do it
now," Gogoi SAID.

Gogoi is also a member of team Anna and India Against
Corruption (IAC) group.

He said Sharmila was invited by them and she had
expressed her solidarity to their movement against corruption
and bringing a strong Lokpal Bill and she also wanted to come
to Delhi to propagate her message.

Gogoi said he would now himself tell the people gathered
here about Sharmila`s struggle and other such issues plaguing
the northeast of the country.

Sharmila has been fasting since the year 2000 demanding
repeal of the AFSPA. She is confined to a hospital bed and is
being fed through a nasal tube for a long time now.


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First Published: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 18:22

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