October 16th, 2011
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Anti-armed forces special powers act yatra begins

anti-AFSPA-yatraSrinagar: Several top notch social activists participated in the anti-Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) Srinagar-Imphal Yathra that took off from Srinagar. The yathra that started from Srinagar would conclude at the Jawaharlal Nehru hospital Imphal on October 27 where activist Irom Sharmila is admitted. Those participating in this yathra would cover 4500 kms which is almost twice the length of the lesser Himalaya’s.

Noted social activist, Medha Patkar, Dr Sandeep Pandey, Magsaysay awardee, prominent activist from north east Babloo, Faisal Khan, leader of the National Alliance of People’s Movement, Irom Singhjhit, the brother of Irom Sharmila, Engineer Abdul Rashid, local independent MLA were among the 25 people from various states who joined the yatra.

‘We will continue our fight till AFSPA is withdrawn,’ said Medha Patkar. “We are against violence as it doesn’t solve issues that can be only resolved through dialogue,” she added.

‘The main objective of the yatra is to generate public opinion about the sufferings of the people affected by AFSPA. We believe that there is no place for such laws in a democracy. We are against violence in any form. These laws are not only dangerous, but create a rift between the public and the administration,” Faisal Khan said.


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