Journalist, Activist Arrested for Facebook Posts After BJP Leader’s Death

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Get together, which has earned a popularity for urgent prison prices towards its critics throughout the nation, has now filed a criticism towards an Imphal-based journalist and an activist over their Fb posts. The 2 have additionally been arrested.

The Manipur police, on Thursday night, arrested Kishorechandra Wangkhem and activist Erendro Leichombam from their properties, after it acquired a criticism from the BJP common secretary P. Premananda Meetei and BJP vice-president Usham Deban. The criticism alleged that Wanghkem and Leichombam’s Fb posts insulted Manipur BJP president Saikhom Tikendra Singh, who succumbed to COVID-19 on Thursday.

“An FIR was lodged towards them beneath part 153-A (selling enmity between teams)/505(b)(2) (making assertion with an intent to incite and trigger mischief) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the duo will stay in police custody until Could 17,” Eastmojo, a web based information portal, reported.

Following the BJP president’s demise, Wangkhem wrote on his Fb web page, “Santhi Sanyung na yadrabo, oh!!! RIP #Rashikang_Kangyet Hayeng nga chaani.” (Tough translation: Cow dung cow urine didn’t work. Groundless argument. Tomorrow I’ll eat fish.)

The well-known political activist Leichombam expressed his condolences over the BJP chief’s demise whereas additionally hitting out at a number of the occasion leaders’ advocacy on cow urine and cow dung to deal with COVID on his Fb wall: “The treatment for Corona will not be cow dung & cow urine. The treatment is science & widespread sense. Professor ji RIP.”

BJP chief Tikendra died due to COVID-19-related issues at Imphal’s Shija Hospital.

That is the third time Wangkhem has been arrested. He earlier frolicked in jail in two totally different circumstances. Even earlier than, the BJP-led authorities in Manipur had pressed prices of sedition beneath the Nationwide Safety Act (NSA) and for “selling enmity between totally different teams via a social media submit”.

Leichombam, convener of Manipur-based political occasion Folks’s Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA), was additionally booked by Manipur police earlier on prices of sedition over a Fb remark final 12 months. He was additionally arrested in 2018 after he posted a crucial remark and video towards the BJP-led authorities within the state.

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