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Scribes Knock On Jagat’s Door

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IMPHAL, Jan 4: Manipur journalists today called on Governor Gurbachan Jagat to seek his intervention in the editor’s arrest case and staged a protest rally here to demand justice.

A. Mobi, 55, editor of the daily, Sanaleibak, and vice-president of the All Manipur Working Journalists Union, was arrested on December 29 on charges of collecting Rs 50,000 from the owner of an unnamed Imphal-based LPG agency. He was booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

An Imphal court remanded him in police custody till tomorrow, when he will produced before a court here.

The meeting with the governor and the rally came just a day ahead of Mobi’s scheduled production before the court.

The governor assured the delegates that he would take up the matter with chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh today.

The journalists, who have been on ceasework since December 28, will resume work tomorrow.

The joint delegation of the All Manipur Working Journalists Union and the Manipur Hill Journalists Union complained to the governor that the police had launched a vindictive campaign against the journalists who had complained to Union home minister P. Chidambaram, during his recent visit to Manipur, about the harassment of journalists by Manipur police.

Jagat assured the delegation that he would speak to the chief minister and ask him not to oppose the editor’s bail plea, not to detain him under the National Security Act and also to let the case be investigated by a senior police officer.

The governor also expressed his desire to meet the accused if he got bail so as to listen to his side of the story.

The delegation also handed a photocopy of the charges filed by the police at the Imphal court on December 29.

The governor promised to take up the matter again with the chief minister after hearing Mobi’s explanation about the case.

As the delegation was meeting the governor, journalists staged a protest march here to condemn the police action.

(Courtesy: Telegraph India)

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