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Magsaysay winner Sandeep Pandey visits fasting Irom Sharmila
September 17, 2007 13:17 IST
An application under the Right to Information Act was filed on Monday in New Delhi demanding that the Prime Minister's Office provide vital information pertinent to not only the Justice Jeevan Reddy Commission, but also the Veerappan Moily Administrative Reforms Committee, which were government-appointed bodies formed to review Armed Forces Special Powers Act.
Magsaysay Award winner and social activist Sandeep Pandey rued continued imposition of 'draconian' AFSPA and other 'black laws' in conflict-ridden north-east India and Jammu and Kashmir [Images].
Pandey saluted the guts shown by Manipuri lady Irom Sharmila for her continued lone battle against imposition of AFSPA in the north-east.
"Irom Sharmila has been on fast since December 2002 in protest against continued imposition of AFSPA, but not a single official from the government has gone to meet her over the years to give her assurance that the government is taking note of her protests," Pandey said.
Caption: Irom Sharmila with Magsaysay Award winner Sandeep Pandey.