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“Detention of Kishorchandra under the draconian act, National Security Act (NSA) for using abusive language in social media is a total violation of human rights and misuse of power by authorities,” said E. Ranjita, wife of Kishorchandra.
Condemning the detention of ISTV former staff, Kishorchandra under NSA, locals of Keishamthong along with family members of Kishorchandra today staged a sit-in protest at Keishamthong.
Kishorchandra was arrested from his house on November 26, the next day after he was released on bail by the court for posting a video recording in which he abused the stance of chief minister, N. Biren regarding a function organised in commemoration of the Rani of Jhansi linking her with the freedom movement of Manipur.
The court’s order had said, “The words, terms and gesture used by the accused in the video cannot be termed as seditious. It is mere expression of opinion against the public conduct of public figure in a street language.”
Speaking to media personnel, Ranjita said the police has not given her or family any official notice intimating the reason for her husband’s arrest although the officer-in-charge of the Imphal police station has assured an official notice of his arrest would be availed to them by November 27.
Stating that they came to know that her husband is detained under NSA from news items published in local dailies, she continued, “As we do not have any official documents we are unable to take up any legal support. I and my kids are left with no option, rather than to grieve.”
She also cautioned of taking up a mass movement with the support of the public and CVOs of the state, if the government continues to used their supreme power against Kishorchandra just for abusing the chief minister on social media.
Speaking at the protest meet, convenor of Peoples’ Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA), Erendro Leichombam stated that arresting a journalist for raising voice against the government is violation of human rights. The incident might be the first not only in the state but throughout the entire world, and it proves that journalists are suppressed or oppressed in the BJP ruled state, he added.
“Chief minister, N. Biren should analyse why the public use such behaviour against him instead of arresting a voice raiser under NSA. Kishorchandra must be released immediately without any condition as it is inappropriate to arrest him under the said act; moreover, he was given bail by the High Court of Manipur,” Erendro added.
The protesters chanted slogans which said ‘Manipur Democracy Equals to Autocracy’, ‘BJP Government of Manipur cannot Tolerate Criticism’, ‘Slapping NSA to a Common Citizen is an Act of Terrorism’ and ‘Break the Silence, Break the Chains’ amongst others.