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Security cover for Irom Sharmila after she ends fast

Sharmila, 44 , meanwhile, has been put on special liquid diet and is now under supervision of doctors of Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS).

Armed police personnel were posted in the hospital compound in the wake of security threat to the iconic rights activist with some groups opposing her decision to end the fast, a police officer said.

Sharmila also sought to clarify her stand on her move to enter electoral politics. After ending the fast, Sharmila said she wants to become the chief minister of Manipur so that she could repeal the contentious AFSPA. She undertook the hunger strike in protest against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act(AFSPA).

“They have misunderstood me, about my real being,” Sharmila said reacting to criticism in some quarters. “They have been seeing me from their own point of view without connecting with what is in my heart,” she added.

Sharmila insisted that her intention was to enter politics to ensure that AFSPA is repealed. A senior JNIMS doctor said that Sharmila was under the supervision of their doctors since she had been on a fast for so many years and was not in a position to shift to solid food immediately.

She was being administered liquid diet and perhaps would have to stay in the hospital room for some more days for medical back-up support until she was in a situation to take solid food and recover physically, the doctor said.

Outside the government hospital, a room of which was turned into a jail for her, the activist had turned emotional yesterday when she tasted honey to end the fast.

Even after breaking her hunger strike, Sharmila is maintaining her resolve not to clip her nails, comb her hair, go to her house and meet her mother till AFSPA is repealed.

On November 5, 2000, when she took a vow to start an indefinite hunger strike till the government repeals AFSPA, which gives armed forces immunity against prosecution for their actions, her protest had multiple dimensions which went beyond not taking food and water.

The toughest one was not to go home and meet her 84-year-old mother Shakhi Devi till achieving her goal of getting AFSPA revoked. Sharmila has not visited her house at Kongpal Kongkham Leikai, on the edge of Imphal city, even once all these years.
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