Manipur journalist Kishorchandra Wangkhem, who was released from jail on Friday, has mulled to move the Supreme Court for scrapping the National Security Act (NSA).
The Manipur High Court on Friday ordered the release of Wangkhem, who was detained under the stringent NSA for a Facebook post.
“I will talk to my lawyers and see if I can move the Supreme Court against the NSA just as I had done against the sedition law,” he told reporters in Imphal after his release from jail on Friday.
Wangkhem was arrested along with political activist Erendro Leichongbam on May 13 under the NSA for his comments on Facebook on the death of Manipur BJP president S. Tikendra Singh that “consuming cow dung and cow urine” cannot cure anyone of COVID-19.
Leichongbam was released on July 19 following an order by the Supreme Court.
Wangkhem said he was targeted as he was conducting an investigation for a story relating to COVID-19.
He claimed COVID-19 cases had surged in Manipur after the return of some 200-250 people from the Kumbh Mela.
“The government probably got a wind of what I was trying to do and put me in jail to make sure I cannot speak the truth. I knew this dictatorial government will do something to silence me. I think we need to campaign against the draconian NSA so that it is never used by those in power,” The Hindu quoted Wangkhem as saying.