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Irom Sharmila rearrested within 2 days of release

Irom Sharmila, who has been on hunger strike to press for the repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, was rearrested on Wednesday, two days after a court found her not guilty of the charge of attempt to commit suicide.

The fasting venue has since been dismantled and, according to official sources, Sharmila would be charged under Section 309 (attempt to commit suicide) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

On February 29, the District and Sessions Court had released her as she was not found guilty of the charge of attempting to commit suicide.  This was the second time that she was thus released. 

However, soon after release, she walked from the security ward of JN Institute of Medical Sciences to the public park, where the Shahid Minar is installed, to once again begin her fast. Women vigilantes joined her at the venue.  Student activists also came to express their solidarity with her. 
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