New Delhi, Oct 19: Over 25 supporters of Manipuri activist Irom Sharmila, who is on hunger strike for repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in the northeastern state, were detained by police and then left off, a group member claimed.
‘We were detained for around 90 minutes in Morris Nagar police station,’ said Faisal Khan, coordinator of the Save Sharmila Jan Caravan.
Earlier, the Jan Caravan had been attacked by a group of unidentified people.
The incident took place near Kingsway Camp area of north Delhi at around 2.30 p.m.
People from Save Sharmila Solidarity Campaign (SSSC), who are campaigning nationwide in Sharmila’s support, were on a tour when they were attacked by a group that raised slogans of ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’ and ‘Vande Mataram’.
‘We were taking out a caravan when some people came shouting slogans. They asked us to stop, and when we refused, they manhandled us and splashed black ink on our clothes,’ added Khan.
As a part of the campaign, SSSC has organized a Srinagar to Imphal – Save Sharmila Jan Caravan covering 4,500 km across 10 states. The Caravan that started on Oct 16 from Srinagar reached Delhi Wednesday.
The AFSPA, in force in the northeast and Jammu and Kashmir, gives the armed forces legal immunity for their actions. Sharmila has been on fast for the last almost 11 years for repeal of the act.