Guwahati: India Against Corruption core committee member Akhil Gogoi on Monday said Anna Hazare would shortly visit Manipur to hold up Irom Sharmila Chanu, who has been on a hunger strike for almost 11 years seeking revoke of the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA).
At present, Sharmila is stuck in the security ward of the Imphal-based Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital where she is being forced fed through her nose. She launched her campaign after Assam Rifles personnel killed 10 civilians at Malom village near Imphal airport on November 2, 2000. Sharmila underway the imprecise fast 3 days later, is demanding repeal of the act.
Earlier, another member of the ‘India Against Corruption’ core committee, Arvind Kejriwal, had invited Sharmila to adhere Anna’s agitation on the Ramlila Ground. Although the Iron Lady from Manipur expressed her solidarity with Anna’s movement, she articulated her inability to join him in Delhi. She reasoned that state authorities would not permit her to leave Manipur as she was in judicial custody.
The RTI activist and peasants’ leader from Assam told that “Once Anna is released from hospital; his first destination will be the northeast. His first stop-over in the region will be Assam, where he will address an anti-dam rally. He will then visit Manipur in support of Sharmila’s crusade against AFSPA.”
“The India Against Corruption’s core committee has finalized Anna’s visit to Manipur. After the 288-hour fast, he is not keeping well and is in hospital now. Once he is discharged, he will visit the northeast. Anna is very much in solidarity with Sharmila’s cause,” said the general secretary of the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS).