Court Finds Prima Facie Evidence Against Sharmila

Published: 05th June 2014 03:22 PM  |   Last Updated: 05th June 2014 03:22 PM   |  A+A-


IMPHAL: A local court has ruled that there is prima facie evidence of attempt to commit suicide against Manipur social activist Irom Sharmila Chanu, who has been on fast for the past 13 years to demand withdrawal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from the state.

Chief Judicial Magistrate of Imphal East A Noutuneshwori gave the ruling yesterday after an FIR was filed by Manipur Police.

Cross examination of the prosecution will begin from July 7.

Speaking to reporters later at the court complex, Sharmila said she was not trying to commit suicide but only demanding withdrawal of AFSPA from the state.

She said her demand was solely the withdrawal of AFSPA so that people could live without any fear in the state.

Sharmila launched her fast in November 2000 after ten persons were killed allegedly by Assam Rifles in an encounter with militants at Malom near Imphal airport.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp