Imphal: No newspaper was published in
Manipur on Thursday in protest against the arrest of the editor of a
vernacular daily for alleged militant links.
A Mobi, editor of `Sanaleibak`, was arrested last
night for his alleged connection with the militant outfit
Kangleipak Communist Party-Tabungba group (KCP-T) and two
mobile phones and Rs 50,000 in cash seized from him, the
Stating that Mobi had no connection with militants,
the All Manipur Working Journalists` Union (AMWJU),
condemned his arrest and demanded his immediate release.
Mobi is the vice-president of AMWJU.
Earlier, six editors of local dailies were called by a
militant outfit for a `meeting` and kept them in their custody
for some days. This did not mean that the editors had
connection with the militant outfit, the spokesman said.
Journalists in Manipur were threatened by the militant
outfits for not publishing their statements and this had led
to non-publication of newspapers on various occasions.