After taking on the Centre over the Meghalaya coal mine rescue operation last month, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has sent a strongly worded letter condemning the detention of Imphal-based journalist Kishore Chandra Wangkhem , under the National Security Act.
This is another attempt to use the state machinery to silence dissent. Over the past few months, we have witnessed the BJP government’s design to trample on constitutional rights of the people of Manipur,” Mr Gandhi said in his letter to the journalist.
Congress chief pointed out that the “regressive forces continue to unleash violence with impunity, while those who seek accountability from the state are being jailed.”
The journalist, who was an anchor with a local channel in Imphal, was sentenced to one-year detention under the NSA in December,
The journalist had also criticized the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS for organising a function meant to mark the birth anniversary of Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi
the journalist had said in one of the posts, which the government sees as a propaganda of the militant groups. Mr Wangkhem’s family has challenged the detention under NSA in Manipur High Court.