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Manipur says journalist arrested under NSA ‘habitual offender’, so is BJP state govt

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Manipur government’s arrest of journalist Kishorechandra Wangkhem, for deriding cow dung and cow urine as treatment for Covid, under the National Security Act beggars belief. State authorities say the accused were ‘habitual offenders’ – this applies equally to the BJP government in Imphal that repeatedly uses the draconian NSA against journalists.

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