Irom Sharmila re-arrested for suicide attempt

Court order related to earlier act, but she refused food again: Cops

Irom Sharmila re-arrested for suicide attempt

Two days after she was released on court orders, civil rights activist Irom Chanu Sharmila was re-arrested on Friday by the police, on fresh charges of attempt to commit suicide and forcibly taken away to a city hospital from a makeshift shelter where she was continuing her fast.

“We have re-arrested her this morning and will produce her in the CJM court later in the day on charges of attempt to commit suicide (Section 309 of IPC),” Manipur ADG (Intelligence) Santosh Macherla said.

A local court in Imphal had on Tuesday absolved 42-year-old Sharmila of charges of attempt to commit suicide by means of fasting after which she walked out of a hospital-turned-prison on Wednesday.

“The court released her for her past act. Now she is again refusing to take food and water and resisting any medical check-up as well.

Her health is deteriorating and now she will be kept at the same Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital ward where she was kept earlier,” said Macherla.

Her medical check-up will be done and she will be force fed once again through nose, he said.

Earlier in the day, she was forcibly taken away by the police to a city hospital from a makeshift shelter outside the hospital where she was continuing her fast after being released from detention.

Women police personnel took her to the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Science and Hospital for a medical-check-up after she refused to eat or drink, the police said.

Before she was whisked away on Friday morning, officials said her condition was deteriorating, and that doctors tried to feed her through the nose, but she refused.
Sharmila had refused to take food even after being released.

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