Imphal, Dec 24,
Reacting sharply to the detention of journalist Kishorechandra Wangkhemcha by slapping National Security Act (NSA) for voicing against the celebration of Jhanshi Rani, the All Manipur Students Union (AMSU) in a statement said that it is not only Kishorechandra that the government of Manipur is trying to shut but whole people of the state that they are trying to suppress.
The statement said that Kishorechandra had expressed his voice saying that the freedom struggle of Manipur has nothing to do with Rani Laksmibai and the statement stands true.
The statement of the Chief Minister in regard with the celebration of the Anniversary of the Jhansi Rani which tried to connect with the region with the mainland is nothing but an attempt to distort the history of the region.
“Manipur become a part of India only after 1949 and Janshi Rani had nothing to do with the freedom struggle of the region”, the AMSU statement said. Even as the AMSU denounced the use of vulgar and obscene language by Kishorechandra, it stands with the fact Kishorechandra had expressed and the AMSU will stand by it, the statement added.
The CJM Imphal West had already ruled that sedition is not attracted to what Kishorechandra had stated and thereby released him but again slapping of NSA to suppress him is nothing but a direct attempt to suppress the freedom of expression of the people of the region.
The detention of Kishorechandra Wangkhem has been condemned by the Indian Journalists Union (IJU) and more media houses from across the nation keep continuing to support Kishorechandra. National TV channels including the BBC have been questioning the rationale behind the detention of Kishorechandra under NSA.
The AMSU while joining the voice against the detention of Kishorechandra under NSA said that the government of Manipur should drop the NSA from Kishorechandra and release him immediately. The students’ body also threatens dire consequences if the government continues to shut the voice of the people.
- Published in News