Pro-Sharmila rally to arrive in state [Imphal Free Press]

IMPHAL, Oct 26: The save Sharmila campaign-Jan Karwan-launched by a group of human right activists from across the country and starting from Srinagar on October 16 demanding repeal of AFSPA, will reached Imphal tomorrow.

The campaign reached Guwahati yesterday where they were felicitated by the Assam Sahitya Sava, at the conference hall of the organizations’s office.

The team having covered 12 different states will reach Imphal around 11 am and they will organize a peace rally in Imphal along with the civil society organizations of the state tomorrow.

The rally will kick off from North AOC via Minuthong, New Checkon, Porompat crossing, Ayangpali and conclude at Kongpal Porompat at the birth place of Sharmila.

A public meeting will also be held at the Amateur Athletic Association ground followed by a press conference.

I Singhajit, Sharmila’s brother, and also a member of the organizing committee, said that on October 28 the team is likely to meet Sharmila as the team is yet to get the official permit to meet her. The team is however optimistic that the Chief Minister will grant permission to meet Sharmila, he said.

Singhajit further informed that if the team is denied permission to meet the Iron Lady, the team will stage a hunger strike on ‘Ningol Chakouba’ October 28, the biggest festival of Manipur.

In response to a query from the media persons, whether the committee will take any initiative against the attackers of the rally at New Delhi, Singhajit said further course of action in connection with the incident will be decided after reaching Imphal.

The ‘Jan Karwan’ march was flagged off from Srinagar on October 16 and with many social activists including team Anna member Medha Patkar, Magsaysay award winner Sandeep Pandey and human right activists from across the country have taken part.

On October 19 on reaching the national capital, the team along with its supporters mostly students organized a rally wherein they were allegedly attacked by ‘Aam Hindustani’ a right winged body injuring five students besides leading to the arrest of more than 100 other supporters.

Source: Imphal Free Press