Manipur Northeast

Journalist Koshorechandra’s wife moves State government after Erendro’s release despite both arrested together under NSA

Even though Manipur activist Erendro Leichombam and journalist Kishorchandra Wangkhem, were both arrested under the same National Security Act, 1970 together, Wangkhem is still lodged in jail, while Leichombam was released following a Supreme Court order last Tuesday.

Wangkhem’s wife has urged the Manipur government to release him and revoke the NSA slapped against her husband too.

Both Erendro and Kishorchandra were arrested on May 13 following Facebook posts on cow dung and cow urine to the death of the BJP Manipur President S Tikendra Singh.

While the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal West granted bail to both of them on May 17, the state government slapped the stringent NSA against them the same day. They have been languishing in the Manipur Central Jail, Sajiwa since then.

The wife of Kishorchandra, Elangbam Ranjita has written a letter to the Chief Secretary of the Government of Manipur in this regard on Tuesday.

Ranjita argued that since both Erendro and Kishorchandra were detained under the same section of NSA, and Erendro was set free and the section under which he was detained was revoked, the same should be done for her husband.

“I request your Good offices to revoke the NSA slapped against my husband so that further proceedings or any lawful step or course of action may also be dispensed with,” Ranjita said, urging the Chief Secretary to consider her representation “in the interest of justice”.

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