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Irom Sharmila jailed for 15 days

Irom Sharmila jailed for 15 days
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Irom Sharmila jailed for 15 days, Earlier on Friday, a senior Manipur police officer Santosh Macherla confirmed Sharmila had been re-arrested, a little after a team of policewomen dragged the frail activist away from the tin shack that is the site of her protest.

Manipur: Irom Sharmila was on Friday charged with attempted suicide and sent to 15-day judicial custody. Sharmila, who had refused to be examined by doctors upon her release on Wednesday, was taken away forcibly by police personnel from her protest site in Imphal.
Activist Irom Sharmila Chanu being arrested again in Imphal, two days after she was released following a court order
Earlier on Friday, a senior Manipur police officer Santosh Macherla confirmed Sharmila had been re-arrested, a little after a team of policewomen dragged the frail activist away from the tin shack that is the site of her protest.

It is not clear what she has been charged with, but it is likely to be attempted suicide again. She resisted the police, struggling and screaming, and her supporters shouted and wept, but to no avail.

The policewomen forcibly picked her up - one holding her arms, another her legs - put her in the back of a police van and drove her to a hospital nearby.

Sharmila will have to be produced in court in 24 hours.

Manipur's Deputy Chief Minister confirmed that she had been arrested after a medical exam showed that she is critical. "We are taking care of her life. She is insisting on fasting. If her health is deteriorating, we have to take care," he said.

On Thursday night she had refused to let doctors examine her. "I have said I will not allow a medical check-up. I don't know why they are disturbing me," said Sharmila.Irom Sharmila, 42, was last force-fed on Wednesday afternoon before she was released from jail. She has had no sustenance since. The activist is continuing her 14-year hungerstrike but says it is not a fast unto death.

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