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Activist Erendro Leichombam Booked for Sedition over Fb Submit towards Manipur Rajya Sabha MP

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Activist Erendro Leichombam. On July 24, Leichombam had posted an image of MP Sanajaoba Leishemba and Union Dwelling Minister Amit Shah on Fb underneath the caption – ‘Minai macha’ (‘Son of a Servant’). CNN-Information18 Final Up to date: […]

Activist Erendro Leichombam.

Activist Erendro Leichombam.

On July 24, Leichombam had posted an image of MP Sanajaoba Leishemba and Union Dwelling Minister Amit Shah on Fb underneath the caption – ‘Minai macha’ (‘Son of a Servant’).

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  • Final Up to date: July 28, 2020, 11:59 PM IST

A case of sedition has been registered towards political activist and convenor of Peoples Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA) Erendro Leichombam over his ‘objectionable remarks’ on social media towards newly elected Rajya Sabha MP from Manipur Leishemba Sanajaoba.

The case has been registered on the Porompat police station in Imphal (East). Leichombam has been booked underneath sections 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to trigger riot), 124(A) (sedition) and 505 (statements conducing to public mischief) of the Indian Penal Code, stated Jogeshchandra Haobijam, Superintendent of Police, Imphal East district.

On July 24, Leichombam had posted an image of MP Sanajaoba Leishemba and Union Dwelling Minister Amit Shah on Fb underneath the caption – ‘Minai macha’ (‘Son of a Servant’).

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Within the picture, Leishemba, who can also be the titular king of Manipur, is seen bowing earlier than Shah with folded palms in a gesture of gratitude.

“How does calling somebody ‘servant’ fall underneath sedition? They’re now going via all of my earlier posts for authorized justifications. I’m afraid they are going to do the identical to me – what they’d completed with Manipur TV journalist Kishore Chandra Wangkhem. He was in jail for nearly a 12 months,” stated Leichombam.

Wangkhem was arrested underneath the Nationwide Safety Act (NSA) for social media posts criticising the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In a video uploaded on Fb, Wangkhem had reportedly referred to as Chief Minister N Biren Singh “a puppet of PM Modi” – for celebrating Rani Laxmibai’s delivery anniversary.

He was first arrested in November final 12 months and launched in six days solely to be despatched to jail underneath NSA two days later. He was launched in April final 12 months after finishing a one-year jail time period.

A day after Leichombam’s Fb submit “went viral”, a group from Manipur Police landed on the activist’s residence in Thangmeiband, Imphal West, on Sunday midnight.

“They got here to our home and requested for Erendro. In addition they stated it could be good if my brother takes down the submit,” stated Leichombam’s youthful brother Sikendra.

Reacting to information of Imphal Police registering a case towards him, Leichombam as soon as once more took to Fb late Tuesday night to jot down, “You may imprison my physique, however how will you imprison my thoughts?”

In a subsequent submit, he stated, “MK Gandhi, Tilak, Arundhati Roy & Hijam Irabot. At the moment, I proudly be a part of them. Sedition 124(a) is a colonial legislation. Biren Singhji is a puppet of Hindutva colonialism.”

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Leichombam, a Harvard postgraduate in financial coverage, has a powerful fan following in social media.

He had unsuccessfully contested the Manipur Meeting elections in 2016. PRJA was shaped the identical 12 months with Irom Sharmila Chanu being the mascot of the regional occasion.

In 2018, Leichombam was arrested for refusing to take down a video containing inflammatory speeches from his Fb profile — he had questioned the Manipur Police for not arresting those that created the hate video and circulated it on social media.

The younger activist was then booked underneath related sections of the IPC and IT Act for prison intimidation and allegedly selling enmity between totally different teams.

“They’ve tried to arrest me on uncountable events. They arrested me as soon as. However this time, it’s sedition,” stated Leichombam.

In February 2019, a pupil chief from Manipur, Veewon Thokchom, was arrested in Delhi on sedition costs and later delivered to Imphal.

The 24-year-old activist was booked for elevating voice towards the Centre’s intent to implement Citizenship (Modification) Invoice – a transfer that had witnessed huge protests throughout the northeast.

The Citizenship (Modification) Act, 2019 (CAA) was later handed by Parliament on December 11, 2019. The CAA amended the Citizenship Act of 1955, thus, paving means for persecuted non-Muslim minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan to avail Indian citizenship.


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