Imphal: Kishorechandra Wangkhem, an Imphal-based journalist, has been booked under the National Security Act (NSA) for uploading a video in which he criticised chief minister N Biren 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.
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.
While granting the bail, the CJM had said that the statement made by the journalist was a mere expression of opinion against the Prime Minister of India and chief minister of Manipur, which cannot be equated with an attack to invite people to violence against the government of India or Manipur to topple it. “The speech couldn’t be termed as seditious,” the CJM had added in its order.
The journalist was first arrested on November 20. On November 26, he was granted bail against a bond of Rs 70,000. The next day, he was taken by the police again from his home and, later, arrested under the NSA.
Demanding his immediate release, his wife Elangbam Ranjita staged a demonstration in Imphal on Friday. “He is not a terrorist. Being in a democratic country, he can question on any issue. The police charged him for sedition, for inciting hatred and defamation,” she said.
In the viral video, the journalist can be heard questioned the contribution of Rani Lakshmibai in the freedom movement of Manipur. He is also heard hurling abuses at the BJP and RSS.
Incidentally, the journalist was earlier arrested by the police and charged with defamation, among other sections of the Indian Penal code.