To take into custody Manipur journalist Kishore Chandra Wangkhem, who is in police custody early last week for a social media post that killed a senior BJP leader due to COVID-19 The stringent National Security Act (NSA) has been charged. Despite the bail. Sources said political activist Arendro Leichombam, who was arrested along with Mr. Wangkhem last Thursday, has also been charged under the NSA.
This is the second time that 41-year-old Mr. Wangkhem is facing controversial legislation. The BJP-led government in Manipur filed a charge of treason against him under the NSA in 2018 after he was allegedly detained for a social media post criticizing Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh.
A court in Imphal, the state capital, said in an order on Monday that the journalist be kept in custody “till further orders under Section 3 (2) of the National Security Act, 1980, when and when he is released on bail”. Stating that he is “likely to be released on bail in the near future”. The court stated that they should be “prevented from the commission of such prejudicial activities”.
He was arrested last Thursday along with social activist Arendro Leichambam and remanded in police custody until Sunday. He had posted two separate social media posts on cow dung and urine advocates as a treatment for COVID-19, following the death of Manipur BJP president Tikendra Singh due to the virus.
The post was in reference to pictures and videos by the news agency Reuters, stating that a group of right-wing activists sprayed cow dung and urine on them to prevent or cure COVID-19, while scientific research showed it Did not show any benefit.
Kishorechandra Wangkhem has been in and out of jail many times since 2018.