Friday, January 27, 2023

5 Mnp cops arrested with drugs, WY tablets

Correspondent

Amid the intensified poppy plant destruction drive as a part of government’s war on drugs, Manipur police on Monday seized huge narcotic drugs worth crores of rupees and arrested five of its personnel carrying the contraband drugs.
Five police commando personnel, an elite force of Manipur police to counter insurgency, were arrested after a large quantity of narcotic drugs were found in the vehicle they were coming towards Imphal from Moreh, Manipur’s town at Indo-Myanmar border, officials said.
They were arrested after 1.336 kg of suspected heroin (No. 4) powder and 9.151 kg of suspected WY tablets were detected from the vehicle they were travelling from Moreh to Imphal along NH-102.
A cash amount of Rs 80,000 was also recovered from the personnel who led the team. A team of police commandos attached with Kakching district police intercepted the large quantity of drugs during a check to the official vehicle (Gypsy brand) allotted to them for official duty, said Kakching Superintendent of Police (SP) Shrey Vats.
Addressing a news conference today afternoon, the SP identified the arrested personnel as havildar Kh Achouba Singh of MPTC, rifleman Th Subhash Chothe of 7h Manipur Rifles, constable Y Dineshwar Meitei of Imphal West district police, rifleman M Premchandra Singh of 6th Manipur Rifles (MR) and rifleman N Dorendrajit Singh of 6th MR.
“Unfortunately, the seizure was done from one team of police commandos attached with the Kakching district police,” the SP said.
He added that the team with havildar Kh Achouba Singh as team commander was posted at Moreh town and under order of transfer to Special Commando Unit in Imphal’s Khabeisoi. The SP said that a team of police commandos attached with Kakching district was deployed along Imphal-Moreh section of NH-102 at Kuraopokpi near St Joseph English School acting on specific information on the transportation of smuggled narcotic drugs from Moreh to Imphal. They stopped the Gypsy vehicle in which the five personnel were heading towards Imphal around 7.30 am and conducted a check.
During the thorough checking, 100 soap cases containing suspected Heroin (No.4) powder and eight bundles of suspected WY tablets with each bundle containing about 10,000 tablets were discovered, the SP said.
The SP added that the arrested personnel along with the seized illegal drugs were handed over to Kakching police station for taking up further necessary legal action. This is not the first time in which personnel of the state police department were caught while transporting smuggled narcotics from the border town to Imphal.
At the same time, the arrest came at a time when destruction of poppy plants in hill districts was in full-swing as a part of the government’s war on drug mission 2.0.

Government begins use of drones with herbicides to destroy poppy

In the meantime, authorities of the Manipur government started using herbicides to destroy poppy plants in the interior hill ranges of the state from today. Manipur CM N Biren Singh, in a Facebook post, wrote “We have started deploying drones to destroy poppy plantations.
“More such missions to be carried out in all the areas where poppy is being cultivated,” he added.
The state government had recently procured three drones capable of spraying herbicides for the purpose. The state government took the decision to use drones in the destruction of poppy plants after large scale poppy plantations were found in the interior hill ranges during an aerial survey conducted recently. The state government had also decided to use Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in searching poppy cultivation fields in the interior hill ranges. On other hand, the police arrested one more chief of a hill village on the alleged charge of involvement in poppy cultivation in his jurisdiction today.
The arrested chief was identified as Thongkholet Haokip alias Max (41) son of Doukhosei. He is the chief of New Chahnoujang village under Chakpikarong police station of Chandel district. He was arrested from a place in Churachandpur district where he was reportedly hiding to avoid police arrest since December, the source said.
He was booked under relevant provisions of the ND&PS Act, the source added.
Earlier, police have arrested at least five village chiefs from Churachandpur and Kangpokpi districts for allegedly involving in the poppy cultivation during the drives in the jurisdiction of their respective villages.

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