Imphal-based journalist Kishorechandra Wangkhem has been arrested under the National Security Act (NSA) for uploading controversial videos criticising the BJP-led Manipur government for observing Rani of Jhansi’s birth anniversary and allegedly using abusive words against the CM.
Official documents accessed confirmed that Wangkhem was arrested on November 27 under the NSA and sent to jail, less than 24 hours after he was granted bail in the case by a CJM court in West Imphal, which had maintained that the remarks were an “expression of opinion against the Prime Minister of India and Chief Minster of Manipur” and couldn’t be termed as seditious.
In multiple video clips, uploaded on November 19 in both English and Meitei, Wangkhem purportedly said: “I am saddened and shocked to learn that the present government of Manipur is observing birth anniversary of Rani of Jhansi. And the chief minister himself claims that the BJP government is observing this for her role in unification of India or her role in the freedom struggle. But…she has nothing to do with Manipur. You are observing this because the Centre asked you to do this,” the journalist allegedly said.
Calling CM N Biren Singh a “puppet” of the Centre, he said, “…don’t betray, don’t insult the freedom fighter of Manipur. Don’t insult the present freedom struggler of Manipur. Don’t insult the people of Manipur. Therefore, I am saying this again, you, CM, come and arrest me again, but I will still say you… are a puppet of Hindutva.” He also used abusive words against the CM.