Congress held press conference in Imphal on Wednesday Credit: Facebook

Imphal: Manipur Congress on Wednesday demanded the resignation of chief minister N Biren Singh over the drug smuggling case in which a woman officer in Manipur Police, Thounaojam Brinda, had alleged that the CM and other top police officials pressured her to release an arrested drug kingpin Letkhosei Zhou.

In a press conference held at Congress Bhavan in Imphal, Congress also demanded the state cabinet to take immediate decision to transfer the case from state police to CBI for a transparent and thorough investigation.

The press conference was attended by former chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh, Congress Working Committee member Gaikhangam Gangmei and Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) M Okendro.

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Speaking to media persons, Congress leader Ibobi Singh said that given the serious concern, Congress is demanding for a thorough investigation on the multi-crore drug case.

The truth will definitely come out whether the chief minister or state officials involved in this case as claimed by the woman police officer, he said.

Congress, with the people of Manipur, has been fighting to stop any form of crimes related to the illegal drugs as these crimes are a direct threat to our youths and future of the state. Contrary to us, BJP and its government in Manipur want to sabotage the Zhou case, added Congress spokesman Ningombam Bupenda Meitei.

On Monday, the additional superintendent of police (headquarters) and a former additional superintendent of police of the Narcotics and Affairs of Border (NAB) Brinda had filed an affidavit in connection with a criminal contempt case registered against her by the Manipur High Court.

Brinda is facing a suo moto contempt case for her offensive remarks on social media platform Facebook after Zhou was granted a three-week bail by the Court of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance (NDPS) Act.

In an affidavit, Brinda narrated how she was pressured by the higher authorities, including CM Biren Singh, to withdraw the chargesheet against Zhou, the former chairman of the Autonomous District Council (ADC) in Chandel district.

However, Singh refuted the allegations and said as baseless which he will fight for justice in the court.

CM Biren Singh had also said that the state government’s war on drugs campaign will continue and no party involved in the 2018 drugs smuggling case, including friends and relatives, would be spared in the campaign under the BJP-led coalition government.

The allegations leveled by Brinda as published in local dailies are totally baseless and intended to malign the image of the officers whose names have been mentioned in the affidavit, said Singh.

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