March 6, 2021

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



Activist Erendro Leichombam.

Activist Erendro Leichombam.

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

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 below 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 Residence Minister Amit Shah on Fb below the caption – ‘Minai macha’ (‘Son of a Servant’).

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

“How does calling somebody ‘servant’ fall below sedition? They’re now going by means of all of my earlier posts for authorized justifications. I’m afraid they’ll do the identical to me – what that they had achieved with Manipur TV journalist Kishore Chandra Wangkhem. He was in jail for nearly a yr,” stated Leichombam.

Wangkhem was arrested below 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 beginning anniversary.

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

A day after Leichombam’s Fb put up “went viral”, a staff 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 put up,” 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’ll be able to imprison my physique, however how will you imprison my thoughts?”

In a subsequent put up, he stated, “MK Gandhi, Tilak, Arundhati Roy & Hijam Irabot. Right this moment, I proudly be a part of them. Sedition 124(a) is a colonial regulation. 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 fashioned the identical yr 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 below related sections of the IPC and IT Act for legal 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 scholar chief from Manipur, Veewon Thokchom, was arrested in Delhi on sedition prices and later dropped at 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.