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133 days in jail 1st time, Manipur journo arrested again for FB post | India News – Times of India

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When he was arrested for a Facebook post last year, it took 133 days for him to walk free. This time, Manipur journalist Kishorechandra Wangkhem has already spent 45 days in prison for another Facebook post. His wife, at home with their two-month-old, is not sure how long the wait this time will be.
It started with a post by a woman allegedly involved with a state minister about his wife, a woman from a minority tribal community, Maram.
Wangkhem, referring to the post, wrote about the political implications of the statement for the minister. “It was a day after I gave birth to our son, September 2,” his wife Elangbam Ranjita told TOI on Tuesday.
“The Maram Women’s Union complained that his post was derogatory to the tribal community … It also issued a press release that the government must take action, failing which all forms of protests would be launched,” Pradip Singh, SP of Senapati, where the FIR was lodged, told TOI. “Government action is required when a pressure group says something … Senapati is a volatile district.”
Wangkhem was charged with sedition, promoting enmity between different groups and intent to incite a community to commit offence against another, and under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
“If you are arrested under the SC/ST Act, bail cannot be granted,” Singh said. As for why sedition charges were added, he said, “It is a sub judice matter.”



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