HC notice to centre on plea for Sharmila's release
The court has issued notices to the Centre and Delhi Police on a petition alleging illegal detention of Irom Chanu Sharmila.india Updated: Nov 29, 2006 11:47 IST
The Delhi High Court has issued notices to the Centre and Delhi Police on a petition alleging illegal detention of Irom Chanu Sharmila, who was on a hunger strike here demanding scrapping of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA).
A Division Bench comprising Justices Madan Lokur and RS Sodhi asked the Centre and Delhi Police to file their replies by December 7 on the petition filed by her brother Irom Shingjit Singh alleging that she was being illegally detained.
Sharmila, who came to Delhi with her protest after her three-year-long hunger strike in Manipur, was arrested on October 6 two days after she began her protest. She was shifted to the AIIMS by the police.
Singh also alleged that police had violated guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court while arresting his sister. "During her stay in AIIMS, though she was on hunger strike, she was fed forcibly against her wish," he added.
Sharmila has alleged that security forces were responsible for a number of "extra-judicial executions, torture, massacre and rape" that had taken place in Manipur and they got scot-free using the provisions of AFSPA.