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Manipur journalist held under NSA walks out of jail

April 10, 2019 22:55 IST

Journalist Kishorchandra Wangkhem, who was detained under the National Security Act allegedly for criticising the Bharatiya Janata Party and its leaders, was released on Wednesday after spending over four months in jail.

The Manipur high court had Monday revoked his detention and ordered his immediate release.

The 39-year-old television journalist was released from the central jail here this afternoon, Superintendent of Prison (Jail) Sokholal Touthang said.

 

Wangkhem was detained under the NSA at the orders of the Imphal West district magistrate last November for allegedly criticising the BJP, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh.

He was detained on sedition charges on November 21 and sent to jail for 12 months.

Wangkhem, who was working in a local cable TV in the BJP-ruled Manipur, had on December 20 moved court against his detention.

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