IMPHAL: Manipur journalist Kishorchandra Wangkhem, detained under the National Security Act for his Facebook post that cow dung and cow urine cannot cure Covid, was freed from Imphal jail on Friday evening by the state government following an order of Manipur high court.
Kishorchandra was freed four days after political activist Erendro Leichombam was released by the Manipur government on a Supreme Court order. Kishorchandra and Erendro were arrested from Imphal West on May 13 for similar Facebook posts, and detained under NSA on May 17.
The court ordered Kishorchandra’s release by 5 pm of Friday upon his furnishing a personal release bond of Rs 1,000 if his further incarceration was not required in connection with any other case. The order followed a ‘letter petition’ filed by Kishorchandra’s wife that said both the men were arrested and detained on the same grounds, and that since Erendro has been released, Kishorchandra should be freed too.
“As they stand identically situated, the continued incarceration of the petitioner’s husband would be as much a violation of Article 21 of the Constitution, as it was in the case of Erendro,” the HC said.