Irom Sharmila wishes to meet PM
Irom Sharmila, who has been campaigning against the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), 1958, by undertaking “fast unto death”, wants to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi while visiting Delhi.
Sharmila expressed her desire while interacting with a handful of reporters when she was presented before a court in the Manipur capital on Tuesday.
She is to appear before the Patiala House court on March 29 and 30 in connection with a case under Section 309 of the Indian Penal Code (attempt to commit suicide).
She said: “I want to tell the prime minister that only talks could solve all the burning problems. Besides, I want to highlight the objectionable policies of the Indian government.”
On October 6 and 7, 2006, Sharmila carried on her fasting at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi, and police registered a case for which she has to appear before the Patiala House district court every now and then.
On two occasions, she could not appear before the court as there were no funds for the travel of Sharmila and her entourage which includes medical, police and prison staff