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Two scribes charged with sedition

The Frontier Manipur executive editor Paojel Chaoba and editor-in-chief Dhiren Sadokpam were arrested by the Manipur Police 

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Imphal, Jan 18: Two journalists in Manipur have been charged with sedition and arrested under the stringent anti-terror law – the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) – over an article published in The Frontier Manipur;

 a local news portal. The Frontier Manipur executive editor Paojel Chaoba and editor-in-chief Dhiren Sadokpam were arrested by the Manipur Police. They have been accused of seri-ous charges like criminal con-spiracy, causing alarm to induce offence against the state and sup-porting terror organisation. 

The news website published an article, “Revolutionary Journey in a Mess”, by M Joy Luwang January 8 – that criticises Manipurrarmed revolutionary groups” for stray-ing from the “revolutionary cause”.

 A first information report or FIR was filed by the state police suo moto, or out of its own accord, which named the author of the ar-ticles and the two editors as accused. The Frontier Manipur ex-ecutive editor Paojel Chaoba has also been accused of sedition.

 “The author endorsed revolu-tionary ideologies and activities and expressed dismay at the dete-riorating character of the armed rev-olutionary leaders of Manipur in the recent decade. 

His article clearly expressed sympathy and support to the ideologies and activities of the armed revolutionary groups and out rightly called the rule of law of the Union and State government as colonial law. The author endorsed revolutionary ideologies and ac-tivities and expressed dismay at the deteriorating character of the armed revolutionary leaders. 

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