Imphal: Hundreds of supporters of `Iron
Lady` Irom Sharmila, whose indefinite hunger-strike for repeal
of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act entered 11 years on Saturday,
fasted here and across the country.
"Hundreds of people from all walks of life came here
to support our cause, observe a token fast and help Sharmila
in her fight," Just Peace Foundation`s Onil Kshetrimayum told
PTI as protesters fasted from 10:00 am till 4:00 pm at 25
venues here and the districts of Manipur
The 39-year-old civil rights activist elder brother
Irom Singhajit led the mass fast here.
Student bodies All Manipur Students Union and civil
society groups like Sharmila Kanba Lup, Meira Paibi, senior
citizen groups, Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network, and those
affected by the alleged atrocities of the army, joined the
Leaders from the Manipur Peoples Party (MPP) also lent
The Ima Market in the heart of the town and the
Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences, where Sharmila
is forcibly nose-fed were among the venues of the mass fast.
The `Save Democracy Repeal AFSPA` group observed fast
in other parts of the country also, said civil rights
activist Seram Rojesh Kumar.
In Delhi, a day-long fast was held as also a
Street theatre on democracy and AFSPA, music
poetry recitals by amateur social-artists were held.
`Tales from the Margin`, a touching documentary by
Kavita Joshi on the issue was screened.
Cities like Bangalore, Varanasi, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata,
Guwahati, Chandigarh, Pune and Patna also joined in to express
solidarity with Sharmila.