BREAKING: SC orders immediate release of Manipur activist arrested over FB post
Guwahati: The Supreme Court on Monday has ordered the immediate release of Manipur activist Erendro Leichombam who was arrested under the National Security Act (NSA) over a Facebook post that said ‘cow dung and cow urine’ don’t cure Covid.
A bench of Justice D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah has asked the Manipur police to release him before 5 pm on Monday. The activist’s father L Raghumani Singh had filed a petition in the court arguing that the NSA was only invoked to defeat the bail earlier granted to him earlier.
Erendro was arrested on May 13 for his Facebook post over state BJP chief S Tikendra Singh’s death due to Covid. He had posted, “The cure for Corona is not cow dung & cow urine. The cure is science & common sense. Professor ji RIP.”
Subsequently, Manipur BJP vice president Usham Deben Singh filed a complainant against the activist alleging that the post had “deliberately and willfully insulted and outraged religious fillings and sentiments” of BJP workers and the deceased’s family.
Erendro was arrested along with a local journalist, Kishorechandra Wangkhem (41) from their houses on May 13. Though a local court had granted him bail, an order dated May 17 issued by Th Kirankumar, District Magistrate, Imphal West, ordered police to book Erendro under NSA.
During the hearing of the case, Justice DY Chandrachud said, “We can’t allow detention of this person even for a day.”
Erendro is a former associate of activist Irom Sharmila and has for long spoken against state repression and militarisation.