Manipur refuses to compensate activist detained for FB post

17 August 2021 12:46 PM
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  • Manipur refuses to compensate activist detained for FB post

The affidavit came in response to a petition by Erendro’s father seeking compensation for his son’s detention under NSA, which provides for imprisonment without trial for up to two years, on May 13

Manipur has refused to compensate activist Leichombam Erendro for his detention under the National Security Act (NSA) for an “objectionable” Facebook post, saying he is a “habitual offender” whose arrest was essential to maintain public tranquillity.

“Arrest of detenu was essential in order to prevent him from indulging in posting further hatred or insulting comments on social media and abusing his position as a political activist,” district magistrate (Imphal West) said in an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court on Sunday.

The affidavit came in response to a petition by Erendro’s father seeking compensation for his son’s detention under NSA, which provides for imprisonment without trial for up to two years, on May 13.

Erendro, who was released in July, was arrested for poking in a Facebook post fun at cow urine and dung being used as a cure for Covid-19 following the death of ruling Bharatiya Janata Party chief S Tikendra Singh of the disease.


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