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Manipur HC Orders Release Of Journalist Kishorechadra Wangkhem, Booked Under NSA

The Manipur High Court on Friday directed the interim release of The Frontier Manipur (TFM) journalist Kishorechadra Wangkhem who was detained under the National Security Act (NSA) for a Facebook post on the death of a BJP leader.

A bench of Chief Justice PV Sanjay Kumar and Justice Kh Nobin Singh has ordered the release of activist-journalist Kishorchandra by 5pm today while hearing a petition filed by Kishorechandra’s wife.

In his Facebook post which lead to the arrest, Wangkhem wrote: “Santhi Sanyung na yadrabo, oh!!! RIP #Rashikang_Kangyet Hayeng nga chaani.” (Rough translation: Cow dung cow urine didn’t work. Groundless argument. Tomorrow I will eat fish).

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

Counsel of the journalist, Advocate Chongtham Victor said the release order has been passed and the issue of compensation for unlawful detention will likely be discussed on August 24.

On May 13, both Erendro and Kishorchandra were arrested following posts on cow dung and cow urine after the death of the BJP Manipur President S Tikendra Singh.

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

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