Sunday, January 29, 2023

Manipur tribal student leader arrested for Facebook post; released on bail


A leader of the tribal based student body who was arrested here for his offensive and hateful post on social media, was released on bail on Saturday.
Finance secretary of the All Tribal Students Union Manipur (ATSUM), Kakai Singsit, was arrested by a team of Imphal West police commandos from his house at Motbung in Kangpokpi district 11.20pm on Friday, an official source said.
The source said that Singsit was arrested after a complaint was lodged against him by president of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) Manipur Pradesh, Barish Sharma for his offensive and hateful posts on his Facebook page,
In his written complaint to the police, Sharma alleged that Singsit had posted many offensive and hateful statements in his Facebook page. The All Tribal Students Union Manipur finance secretary also intimidated him in the posts.
The BJYM president alleged that Singsit challenged him to come and meet him at Koubru to fight and decide the winner. He said he was told that he can come along with members of Federation of Haomi and Kangleipak Kanba Lup (CSOs).
Singsit also called as “chief minister Biren gi huiroi (puppet of chief minister Biren), Sharma alleged in his complaint while insisting the police arrest him (Singsit) and initiate legal actions under the relevant Information Technology Act-2000 (IT Act) and Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Acting on the complaint, a team of Imphal West police commandos arrested the incumbent finance secretary of ATSUM, the apex body of tribal based student bodies.
The police registered a FIR case against him under various sections of IT Act and IPC related with statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes.
The source said that he was released on bail after appearing in the court of Imphal West chief judicial magistrate today.

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