The High Court of Manipur has directed the state government to constitute a special committee for monitoring drug cases at the state level, with the formation of sub-committees at the district level headed by the superintendent of police to weed out drug peddling.
The bench of Justice MV Muralidaran observed that the state is threatened by the criminal actions of drug trafficking, smuggling and sales.
The bench directed the state government to constitute the committee, following the proceedings of an anticipatory bail request of two assistant sub-inspectors who have been charged with acting as the drug suppliers’ carriers by accepting Rs 50,000 from them.
It has been alleged that ASI Tamijur Rahaman arrested one Ershad Khan (allegedly involved in the transportation/selling of brown sugar) and demanded a sum of Rs 5 lakh for his release from his father. After negotiation, a sum of Rs 1.5 lakh was agreed upon, and accordingly, the amount was given to ASI Tamijur Rahaman.
Although after the receipt of the amount, ASI Tamijur Rahaman released Ershad Khan and the seized drug was not returned back, ASI Tamijur Rahaman directed Ershad to contact another ASI Md Rizwan for the released of drugs and in course of discussion with Md Rizwan demanded Rs 50, 000 for the release of drugs.
Regarding the anticipatory bails of two ASI, the court observed that being police officer Tamijur Rahaman, who was holding the post of ASI in the Narcotic Cell and Md Rizwan, who was attached with Moreh Police Station as ASI themselves helped the accused persons for illegal possession and transportation of drugs and even for their release by receiving amount from them.
The act of the police officers correlates to the old adage which says “as if the fence itself grazed the crop,” the court remarked. Such type of police officers cannot be extended any relief and they will have to face the criminal case and its consequences, the court stated.
The high court further observed that taking advantage of the positions held as assistant sub inspectors of police in the Narcotic Cell and in the Police Station respectively, the two police officers have helped in possession and transportation/smuggling of the narcotic drugs by the accused persons. Therefore, the HC dismissed the anticipatory bail applications on August 5 and directed them to surrender before the investigating officer concerned within a week from the court’s order.
The HC after observing the facts of the state’s drug issues opined that to ensure that the state is freed from selling/transporting/smuggling ganja, brown sugar, heroin and other narcotic substances by the persons, apart from the existing special team, it would be appropriate to direct the government of Manipur to constitute a special committee headed by a senior IPS officer for monitoring the drug cases at the state level, with formation of sub-committees at district level in the state headed by the superintendent of police to weed out drug peddling.
The state level committee was therefore directed to be constituted by the government of Manipur within a period of two weeks from the date of receipt of a copy of the HC’s order and thereafter within a further period of two weeks, the district level committees shall be constituted.