Imprisoned journalist Kishorechandra walks out free; Thanks wife for her stand for justice

After over four months in custody, Imphal based journalist Kishorechandra Wangkhem finally walked out of the Sajiwa Central Jail today afternoon. Tears rolls down as he saw his wife Ranjita waiting in front of the Sajiwa Jail who had been fighting all the way to get justice.
“I thank my wife and all those friends from media, rights bodies and activist who have been fighting for me”, Kishorechandra said while talking to media.
Manipur High Court ordered the release of journalist Kishorchandra Wangkhem, who was detained under the National Security Act on Monday. He was arrested on sedition charges on November 21 for posting a Facebook video critical of Chief Minister N Biren Singh and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He was booked under the National Security Act on November 27, and on December 13, a board set up to decide on such detentions approved a 12-month jail term for him. On December 20, Kishorchandra Wangkhem moved the High Court against his detention.
Speaking to media person he said that he had expressed his disappointment to the observation of Rani Jhansi as he felt that the state need to be focus more on the freedom fighters of the state who had laid down their life fighting for freedom, as there are demand from sections of people that such should be included in the curriculum in education.
He however apologise the people for using obscene words while expressing his disappointment through social media. But said that the whatever he expressed is for the people of the state.
Kishorechandra, 39, has been in the Sajiwa Central Jail in Imphal East since November 27 last year.
The journalist had condemned the chief minister for organising a function to commemorate the Queen of Jhansi battle against the British and linking it to the freedom movement of Manipur.
Earlier on November 21, 2018 Wangkhem, then working as an anchor-reporter with ISTV, a local news channel, was arrested by Imphal West Police in response to a video he had uploaded on social media, criticising the BJP-led state government
Wangkhem’s lawyer told news website Scroll that his family will challenge his sentencing on Wednesday.
Wangkhem was detained on November 27. About a week before his detention, he was arrested by the Manipur Police for posting a video critical of Chief Minister N Biren Singh and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Facebook, Scroll reported.
In the video, the Chief Minister lashed out at the CM, calling him a “puppet of Modi and Hindutva” for organising a function to mark the birth anniversary of Rani Lakshmibai.
Wangkhem was arrested under sections 294 and 500 of the IPC in addition to section 124 A, which deals with sedition. On November 25, a local court released him on bail on the ground that his words were “mere expression of opinion against the public conduct of a public figure in a street language”, The Wire reported.However, he was re-arrested by the police and detained under the NSA. He has since been lodged at the central jail in Sajiwa.
On December 17, members of the Manipur Students Association, Delhi and Manipur Muslim Students Union staged a protest outside the Manipur Bhavan in Delhi opposing the detention of Kishorechandra, The Wire reported.
The Indian Journalists Union and the Press Council of India condemned Kishorechandra’s detention and demanded his release, the report said.


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