Irom Sharmila, center, walks out of a security ward after her release in Porompal district, in Imphal, India Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Bullu Raj)
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Indian human rights campaigner Irom Sharmila announced Tuesday she will end her 16-year long hunger strike to focus on contesting upcoming elections in the country's remote, underdeveloped northeast.Sharmila stopped eating and drinking after allegedly witnessing the army kill 10 people at a bus stop near her home in Manipur, which is subject to the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).Sharmila has often been released from custody after appearing in court flanked by police -- only to be re-arrested almost immediately on fresh charges of trying to kill herself.Sharmila's brother, Singhajit, said her family backed her new fight.
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