//Sharmila likely to be brought back, 19 civil bodies to be investigated

Sharmila likely to be brought back, 19 civil bodies to be investigated

The Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL, Oct 31: State police has registered a case against Irom Chanu Sharmila who is now on a fast-unto death at New Delhi. She is likely to be brought back to Manipur. State DGP left Imphal today for the national capital to discuss Sharmila`s case with the Union home ministry officials and Delhi police, a highly placed source said.

Meanwhile, the state home department has directed all the police stations in the state to investigate and compile particulars of all the office bearers of atleast 19 civil society organizations based in their respective areas, and submit these reports by November 15.

The details of the office bearers is to have the names and addresses along with particulars of parents and police station under whose jurisdiction their residences fall, the source added.

State DGP AK Parashar, a source revealed, left Imphal today for New Delhi with a detailed write-up on Sharmila`s agitation seeking removal of Armed Forces Special Power Act, 1958 from Manipur.

The DGP is planning to hold high level meetings with officials of the Union ministry of home affairs (internal security) and his Delhi police counterpart tomorrow to discuss matters related to the legal procedures for bringing back Sharmila to the state, the source disclosed. The meeting will also be attended by the officials of Union ministry of law and company affairs.

Meanwhile, a case against Sharmila was registered at Imphal police station on October 17 under section 124-A IPC act of 1982 read with section 109 of IPC.

Section 124, mention may be made here, deals with assaulting President, Governor etc. with the intention to restrain the exercise of any lawful power which is punishable with seven year imprisonment or fine, while 124-A deals with seditious visible representation against government. Offender booked under this section of the IPC is liable for a 3 year imprisonment or fine.

The case against Sharmila has been taken up suo motto on the basis of various reports published in local newspapers, through the knowledge of the investigating officer that Irom Chanu Sharmila is on fast since 04/10/06.

It is stated that she attempted to commit suicide demanding repeal of AFSPA.

Apart from this, her action is aided by some social activists with an intention of indulging in violence which caused disturbance to the law and order situation in the state, the case content reportedly stated.

The write-up which the state DGP carried along, reportedly contain the ruling of the court which led to the release of Sharmila.

It may be mentioned here that an order passed by M Pemila, Judicial magistrate First Class, Imphal east on October 2 stated, "After pursuing the record I have found that the statuary period of the accused is now completed, since the alleged section 309 IPC is only a bailable case and its maximum conviction period is one year".

The case registered at Porompat police station under FIR no. 157 (10)05 relating to Sharmila was put up on October 3 in the court of the Judicial Magistrate First Class, Imphal west.

Irom Sharmila Chanu, who has been on a fast since the last six years seeking the removal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act from Manipur, was released from judicial custody on the expiry of her jail remand for one year on October 3 last.

On the next day of her release, she proceeded to national capital with the assistance of some human rights organizations supporting her cause. She launched her struggle at Jantar Mantar where she was picked up by the Delhi police and admitted at All India institute of Medical Sciences, AIIMS. Since then she is being forced fed.