The Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) on Monday questioned the War on Drugs campaign of the state BJP-led government in the wake of the seizure of a huge drug consignment from Manipur police commandos.
Speaking to the media after meeting the Kakching Superintendant of Police at its office, MPCC president K Meghachandra asked whether the War on Drugs campaign is a hoax. It also asked who will take the responsibility for Monday’s drug haul case.
“Please decide who is going to resign on moral grounds. The state home minister or the DGP?” he demanded, saying, “We support it. Do not make it a failure; make it credible”
The involvement of a fully uniformed police commando team in a drug haul case, using the government vehicle, amid the intensive War on Drugs has caused great concern to the people of the state, the MPCC president said.
Taking helicopter rides, meeting the chiefs or headmen of villages and destruction of some poppy plantations cannot be considered a successful War on Drugs, he said. The government should stick to maintaining its morality to successfully overcome the War on Drugs, he added.
He further asked who will take the responsibility of Monday’s drug haul case. “Please decide who is going to resign on moral grounds. The state home minister or the DGP?” he demanded.
“Manipur was just a drug transit route in the past. Unfortunately, several drug manufacturing units have been established and poppy plantations have scaled up after the launching the BJP’s War on Drugs,” he alleged.
He further pointed out that the biggest drug haul case in the entire Northeast took place in Thoubal district in 2020-21 where drugs worth more than Rs 400 crore were confiscated. “It is unfortunate that the kingpin foreigner and two other police personnel involved in the case have walked away scot-free on bail,” he added.
“Is it the weakness of the investigating authority or the prosecution? What is the loophole?” he further questioned, adding, the War on Drugs is meaningless if the persons accused of such multi-drug haul cases are walking away scot-free.
There is also a big doubt on whether the CDO personnel involved in Monday’s drug haul case will not get bail; therefore, the MPCC team called on the SP to ensure that the accused persons do not walk away scotfree by getting bail, he added.