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Victory for press freedom: Kishorechandra to be released soon

Manipur High Court revokes detention order under National Security Act against the Imphal-based journalist

EastMojo News Bureau

Imphal: Manipur-based journalist Kishorechandra Wangkhem, who was arrested more than three months ago, will return home soon as the Manipur High Court on Monday revoked the detention order under the National Security Act (NSA).

Expressing satisfaction over the verdict, family members of Wangkhem said that they are now expecting the release of Kishorechandra in a few days.

Recently, agitators had assembled in New York making an appeal to the Indian government and demanding the journalist’s immediate and unconditional release.

A protestor holding a placard demanding the release of jailed Manipur journalist Kishorechandra Wangkhem, in New York
A protestor holding a placard demanding the release of jailed Manipur journalist Kishorechandra Wangkhem, in New York
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Kishorechandra, a former staffer of the ISTV Network, had uploaded a video in which he hurled abuses at the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) and the RSS. He was also heard criticising CM Singh over a function organised on the birth anniversary of Rani of Jhansi on November 19. He was arrested after the video went viral on social media.

Another protestor demanding the release of jailed Manipur journalist Kishorechandra Wangkhem, in New York
Another protestor demanding the release of jailed Manipur journalist Kishorechandra Wangkhem, in New York
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Less than 24 hours after he was granted bail by a CJM court in West Imphal on November 26, following his arrest on November 20, Wangkhem was arrested again on November 27, this time under the NSA.

Earlier, talking to EastMojo, Kishorechandra’s wife Ranjita said, “As a family it is a very disturbing situation, we are fighting all alone. He was taken by the police without showing any arrest warrant and we were not even given a chance to talk to him and the next thing we know is that he was booked under NSA.”

She added, “He was given bail by the CJM court which admitted that there was nothing seditious and harmful in the video. So, where did NSA come from? We are not associated with any political party or organisation for that matter.”

Talking resolutely about fighting the “injustice” meted out to them, she stated, “I will fight till my husband gets justice and his dignity back. He is not a terrorist, he just criticised the government. Aren’t we allowed to criticise the government in a democratic country. It’s like the government is making an example out of him that if you criticise or raise your voice against them, you would be put behind the bars.”

Here’s the video for which Kishorechandra was booked under NSA: