‘Free my husband too’: Wife of Manipur Journalist Also Detained by NSA | Latest India News
Manipur journalist Kishorechandra Wangkhem’s wife, arrested in May under the provisions of the National Security Act (NSA) for posting on Facebook, wrote to Manipur chief secretary Rajesh Kumar on Tuesday asking for her release after political activist Erendro Liechtenstein, who was also arrested on the same charges, was fired on Monday following a Supreme Court order. The SC is now hearing a petition filed by his father seeking compensation alleging his detention was unlawful.
After Leichombam’s release from a prison in Imphal, the government in Manipur on Monday revoked its previous order to detain him under section 14 (1) of the NSA. Elangbam Ranjita’s letter said the government should now also revoke the NSA order against her journalist husband.
“My husband has been held at Sajiwa Central Prison under NSA leadership since May 17 with one of the detainees Erendro Leichombam whose NSA was dismissed by your office on July 19,” Ranjita wrote in her letter, which was seen by HT.
Wangkhem and Leichombam were both arrested in May this year after Facebook posts denigrating claims consuming urine and cow dung could cure Covid-19 while alluding to the death of Manipur Bharatiya president Janata Party (BJP) S Tikendra Singh due to illness.
“That the allegations and the article of law / act invoked against the said two detainees are the same. However, my husband’s detention order was not revoked by the relevant authority. So I ask your good offices to revoke the NSA slapped against my husband so that any other procedure / step / legal action can also be removed, ”the letter added.
Speaking to HT by phone from Imphal, Ranjita said there had been no response from the Manipur government to his letter until Wednesday evening.
Wangkhem, a popular television journalist, was first arrested in November 2018 for posting a video on social media that criticized Manipur’s chief government, N. Biren Singh.
Several charges, including sedition and under the National Security Act, have been brought against him. He was released in April 2019 after the Manipur High Court revoked his detention.
He was arrested again in September 2020 for sedition and inciting hostility between different groups on social networks. Wangkhem was released in December 2020, after which he joined Frontier Manipur and began hosting a talk show.