Arrest of Irom Sharmila condemned
Ms Sharmila was released
yesterday by the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate of Imphal, R M Memcha. She
has been in detention for more than one year since 7 March 2007 – the maximum
sentence that could awarded to those who are found guilty of committing offence
under section 309 of the IPC.
Mr Suhas Chakma, Director
of ACHR described the arrest as “another blow to the universally praised
Gandhian methods of protests against injustice”.
“The arrest of Irom
Sharmila once again shows the unwillingness of the government of India to implement
the recommendations of its own commissions on the AFSPA –Justice Jeevan Reddy headed
Commission on the Review of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958 and
Administrative Reforms Committee headed by Veerappan Moily” – further stated Mr Chakma.
“If the government does not implement the recommendations of its own commissions, it breeds contempt for the State. This calls for immediate implementation of the recommendations of the Reddy and Moily Commissions and release of Irom Sharmila.” – also added Mr Chakma.