IMPHAL, Sept 3: Showing solidarity to the decade-long struggle of Irom Chanu Sharmila for the repeal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958, the Delhi-based National Alliance for Peoples’ Movement (NAPM) has decided to launch a nationwide signature campaign from October 2 to December 10 in all major state capitals and cities of India with an objective to spread awareness on Irom Sharmila’s struggle and to generate public support for “Save Sharmila” campaign.
The proposed campaign of NAPM has been officially intimated to Sharmila Chanu and the members of Just Peace Foundation today.
The signature campaign will be held at Ambedkar Statue near Tank Bund in Hyderabad, Guwahati in Assam, Kargil Chowk in Patna, Bihar, Gujarat Vidyapeeth in Gujarat, Sector 17 in Chandigarh, Panchayat Bhawan Shimla in Himachal Pradesh, Hazratbal/Lal Chowk in Srinagar, Albert Ekka Chowk in Ranchi, Bangalore in Karnataka, Truchur Corporation office in Kerela, Top and Town new market Trischur, Madhya Pradesh, Grand road Pachim, Mumbai, Gandhi Peeth Puri Ghat, Cuttak, Orrisa, Jaipur, Rajasthan, Gandhi Statue, Marina Beach, Chennai, Gandhi Bhawan Hazatganj Lucknow, Dehradun Uttar Pradesh, Shyam bazaar in front of Maharaja Mahindra college and Shyambazar metro station Kolkata, India Gate and Jantar Mantar New Delhi and Puducherry.
In an e-mail message, NAPM elaborated that the proposed “Save Sharmila” campaign needs initiation of positive talks with Irom Sharmila on her demands seriously by the government, sending all party delegation, sending members of National, Women Commission and National Human Rights Commission and sending of special team of doctors to examine her health condition.
These signatures will be handed over to the President of India Pratibha Devi Singh Patil on the observation day of International Human Rights Day on December 10 followed by a peace march from India Gate to Rashtrapati Bhawan to be participated by the representatives of Just Peace Foundation.
NAPM further stated that non-violent protest of Irom Chanu Sharmila should not be ignored. It is time for all to come forward regardless of our ideological differences to strengthen Irom Sharmila Chanu for creating a peaceful democratic society, the message added.