Manipur Scribe, Activist, Rearrested For Posts On Deceased BJP leader

REPRESENTATIONAL

The Manipur Police has re-arrested journalist Kishorchandra Wangkhem and activist Erendro Leichombam under the National Security Act (NSA) once again on Tuesday.

They had been granted bail for an earlier arrest for their allegedly derisive social media posts on state BJP chief S Tikendra Singh, following his demise due to COVID-19 last week, PTI reported.

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“The duo, both in their 40s, was arrested on Thursday after they took to Facebook to extend their condolences, while also writing that cow dung or cow urine was no cure for COVID-19, in two separate posts,” the report said.

The saffron party’s state vice-president Usham Deban Singh and general secretary P Premananda Meetei filed a complaint against Wangkhem and Leichombam.

They were granted bail on Monday, but the government subsequently invoked the NSA to re-arrest them.

Wankhem, who was associated with news portal Frontline Manipur, had faced arrest on two occasions for his criticism of the BJP, while, Rendro is the convenor of political outfit Peoples’ Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA). 

Th Kirankumar, in his order, the district magistrate of Imphal West, that the two might “resume activities which are prejudicial to the security of the state and maintenance of public order on being released on bail,” PTI reported.

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