Imphal-based journalist Kishorechandra Wangkhem, who was detained under the NSA at Manipur Central Jail, Sajiwa for the last two months, was finally reunited with his family on Friday.
Wangkhem walked out from the jail at about 4 pm after the Manipur High Court on Friday directed an interim order for his release.
Wangkhem was arrested on May 13 along with a Manipur political activist Erendro Leichombam, now released after an SC order, for Facebook posts after the death of Manipur BJP President S Tikendar due to COVID-19.
In his Facebook post, Wangkhem wrote: “Santhi Sanyung na yadrabo, oh!!! RIP #Rashikang_Kangyet Hayeng nga chaani.” This roughly translates to: “Cow dung [and] cow urine didn’t work. Groundless argument. Tomorrow, I will eat fish”.
“The Nongthongbam Biren-led government in Manipur is spineless, shameless. You know why? Because I have been arrested on the same charges as before. I thought that this government might have learnt a lesson from their previous arrests, but they haven’t. Therefore I’m saying this government is shameless and I think justice has not been done to me. The charges framed against me were baseless & unfortunately, probably that is why I am free today within a couple of months, despite being slapped with the draconian NSA,” Wangkhem said after his release from jail.
Wangkhem said he will go to the Supreme Court to seek compensation for his loss and damage due to his arrest.
“I just want to make sure this doesn’t happen again to anybody. I’m contemplating going for compensation. My first incarceration was four & a half months and this time it was more than 2 months. It’s a total of six and half months in jail under NSA.”
Wangkhem’s release comes after his wife Ranjita Elangbam filed a petition with the Chief Justice and other Judges of the Manipur High Court soon after Erendro Leichombam was freed two days ago following a Supreme Court directive.
A double bench of High Court comprising Chief Justice PV Sanjay Kumar and Justice Kh Nobin has ordered to release him on or before 5 pm with a personal bond of Rs 1,000 on Friday.
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