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Jailed Manipur journalist Wangkhem’s wife demands immediate release

Wangkhem, 39, was detained after he allegedly uploaded videos criticising the BJP-led governments in Manipur and the Centre for observing Rani Jhansi's birth anniversary.

Former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju speaks with Ranjita Elangbam, wife of jailed Manipur journalist Kishorchandra Wangkhem during a press conference, at Press Club in New Delhi, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. (PTI Photo/Subhav Shukla)

Ranjita Elangbam, wife of jailed Manipur journalist Kishorchandra Wangkhem, said on Tuesday her family was victim of political propaganda and demanded that the government release her husband immediately.

Addressing a press conference organised by NGO Human Rights Law Network (HRLN), she said her husband was labelled as a “womaniser, alcoholic and even abusive” as part of the propaganda.

“It is unbearable for me and my two daughters,” she said.

Wangkhem was detained under the National Security Act (NSA) by the Manipur government for criticising it.

The district magistrate of Imphal West had ordered detention of Wangkhem, a 39-year-old journalist who works for a local TV channel, on November 27 last year, allegedly after he uploaded videos criticising the BJP-led governments in Manipur and the Centre for observing Rani Jhansi’s birth anniversary.