Manipur Journalists Arrested Under UAPA for Article Criticising State’s Militancy Movement

Two editors of a Manipuri news portal, called The Frontier Manipur, were arrested on Sunday on charges of sedition under the Indian Penal Code and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act over an article criticizing the state’s militancy movement.

‘His article clearly expressed sympathy and support to the ideologies and activities of the armed revolutionary groups and outrightly called the rule of law of the Union and State government as colonial law.,’ the FIR by the police read.

The two arrested were identified as Frontier Manipur executive editor Paojel Chaoba and editor-in-chief Dhiren Sadokpam. The two journalists have been charged under IPC Sections 124A (sedition), 120B (criminal conspiracy), 505(b) (causing alarm to induce offense against the state), and 34 (common intention), as well as the UAPA’s Section 39 (supporting terror organization).


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