Manipur Journalist Arrest : Press Council Asks State Govt For Report

Kishorechandra Wangkhem was arrested for criticising the BJP-led government in Manipur. Image courtesy : Facebook

New Delhi , Dec 06 : The Press Council of India, took suo motu cognizance of reports of an Imphal-based journalist being arrested under the National Security Act (NSA) for allegedly uploading videos criticising the BJP-led Manipur government, reported news agency PTI.

Press Council of India (PCI) chairman Justice Chandramauli Kumar Prasad had directed the chief secretary, home secretary and the director general of police to “take a report on the facts of the case, along with a reply statement”, the PCI said in a statement.

Kishorechand Wangkhem was a journalist of a local TV channel and the videos, which he had uploaded on Nov 19 last in both English and Meitei, were not related to his official work, officials had said.

According to the report , In his video clips, Wangkhem had purportedly said he was saddened and shocked to learn that the state government was observing the birth anniversary of Rani of Jhansi.

He reportedly said Rani of Jhansi’s deeds had nothing to do with Manipur and that the state was observing her birth anniversary because the Centre had asked it to, the report said.

He had allegedly called Chief Minister N. Biren Singh a “puppet of the Centre” and “puppet of Hindutva”, the report said.

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