11 policemen arrested over illegal drug trafficking in 2013 in Manipur

Imphal: Days after a policeman was awarded with the Chief Minister’s Police Medal for Gallantry 2020 for his “outstanding contribution” towards the force, Manipur government on Sunday took prompt action and cancelled the award based on allegations raised by the All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU).

Sub-inspector Bheishamayum Debson Singh of Imphal East Police Station was allegedly involved and arrested for trafficking illegal drugs worth over Rs 3 crore in 2013 along with 10 other police personnel.

The award of CM’s Police Medal for Gallantry to sub-inspector Bheishamayum Debson Singh of Imphal East stands withdrawn and cancelled with immediate effect, said joint secretary (home) Rehanuddin Choudhury in a statement.

Meanwhile, the policeman has been suspended from the duty for concealing the drug case pending against him.

A preliminary inquiry on the involvement of Bheishamayum over the alleged multi-crore drug case was carried out and found it to be true, it said.

An inquiry committee has been constituted to look into the lapses in connection with the proposal for the award of CM”s medal by the superintendent of police, Imphal East.

A press statement issued by Home dept over the controversial CM’s Gallantry Award

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The committee headed by IGP (Int) Radhashyam Singh as the chairman and SP (CID) S Gautam Singh and SP (CID) Joyce Lalremmawi as members have been instructed to submit the report on the case within one week.

Moreover, in connection with the case, inspector E Roshan Singh, the reader to Imphal East SP, has been found guilty and suspended with immediate effect.

Inspector Roshan has been found responsible for lapses and a disciplinary proceeding is being contemplated against him for his grave misconduct and dereliction of duty. He will be entitled to subsistence allowances as admissible under rules during the period of suspension, said director general of police (DGP) LM Khaute.

The All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) on Sunday alleged that one of the policeman who was the recipient of the Chief Minister’s Police Medal for Gallantry this year was earlier arrested in connection of smuggling of drugs case worth over Rs 3 crore in 2013.

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In a press statement, AMSU said that the CM’s Gallantry Award for Police recipient sub-inspector Bheishamayum Debson Singh of Imphal East was arrested for trafficking illegal drugs worth over Rs 3 crore in the international market in 2013. He was among the 11 member team of Manipur Police Commando who were arrested at Pallel on the way to Moreh carrying at least 4,680 strips of Respifed and Pseudoephedrine tablets.

A case against the 11 police personnel was registered under section 21 or 29 of the ND&PS Act and 27 Arms Act, it said.

“AMSU cannot understand how the chief minister who eloquently elaborated on the issue of ‘war against drugs’ during his official address on the Independence Day ceremony could confer gallantry award to such police personnel caught red-handed for drug trafficking,” said the statement.

The government has also expressed gratitude to AMSU for highlighting the issue and bringing notice to the state authority.

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