MANIPUR, DEC 01: A journalist in Manipur has been in detention under the stringent National Security Act since November 27. According to the detention order, seen by Scroll.in, journalist Kishorechandra Wangkhem has been incarcerated “with a view to prevent him from acting in any matter prejudicial to the security of the state and to the maintenance of public order”. The order has been signed by the district magistrate of Imphal (West).
The draconian National Security Act allows the administration to detain people merely under the presumption that they could do something detrimental to national security. It also denies them access to a lawyer or a hearing before a court of law.
Days before his detention, Wangkhem was arrested by the Manipur police on November 21 for posting a video critical of Chief Minister N Biren Singh and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Facebook.
In the video, Wangkhem had lashed out at Singh, calling him a “puppet of Modi and Hindutva” for organising a function in Manipur on November 19 to mark the birth anniversary of Lakshmibai, the Rani of Jhansi, who he claimed had “nothing to do with Manipur”. “Do you have any sense of Manipuri nationalism?” he asked in the video. “If you don’t, don’t talk rubbish.” On several occasions during the video, Wangkhem used expletives for Modi and Singh. “Come and arrest me,” he said.