Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) on Friday took a dig at the ministers and MLAs who attended Pongal Festival at Moreh town on January 15 and alleged that they probably might be the funders of the recent Pallel drug haul case, allegedly involving five CDO personnel.
MAHUD Minister Y Khemchand, PWD Minister Govindas Konthoujam, TA and Hills Minister Letpao Haokip, MLAs T Robindro, S Premchandra and Abdul Narsir reportedly attended the said Pongal festival at Moreh as dignitaries.
It is surprising to learn that a huge quantity of drugs worth crores of rupees were seized on January 16 morning from a team of CDO who were returning from Moreh, a day after the festival, said legal chairman of MPCC, S Shyamcharan, questioning, “Is it just a coincidence?"
The legal chairman however, clarified that the MPCC cannot provide the proof as everything was done secretly.
He was briefing the media during a sit-in protest held in front of the MPCC office in BT Road, Imphal, demanding handing over the recent Pallel Drug haul case allegedly involving five CDO personnel to the CBI.
Stating that the five CDO personnel arrested in connection with the drug haul case are not in the position to fund the multi-crore drug businesses, he pointed out that there is a kingpin or a drug lord who funded the business.
He also highlighted the alleged failure of the state police in arresting any drug lords of a drug haul case and also recalled the release of Lhukhosei Zou was considered to be the kingpin of a multi-drug haul case.
“The Congress has lost faith in the investigation of drug cases by the state police, so we demand handing over the recent Pallel Drug haul case to CBI in order to nab the masterminds and the funders,” he added.
General secretary of MPCC, P Sharatchandra, said that till date maximum of the drug haul cases are being kept suppressed and there is no record of awarding any benefitting punishment to kingpins of the multi-drug haul cases rather than punishing the peddlers.
He alleged that for pity matters and cases the state government took stringent action against the accused while they let the kingpins of drug haul cases walk escort free.
“There a big conspiracy behind the scene of War on Drugs as to where many drug lords believed to be high profile individuals are possibly using it as a shield”, the general secretary alleged, apprising the state government to make the War on Drugs meaningful by not sparing anyone involved in any drug haul cases.
The protesters held placards which read, “Home minister should be replaced;” “Home Department fails, send Pallel Drugs case to CBI;” and “Remove director general of police'' among others.