Kohima: Thirteen Nagaland Police personnel from Narcotic cell are under investigation for misappropriation of gold bars. They have been suspended and an investigation has been launched in this regard.

The state police clarified that misinformation and misinterpretation of two events were reported on social media platforms and newspapers, alleging that “some seized gold biscuits kept in Police custody had gone missing and a case registered against 13 (thirteen) police personnel.”

This information is incorrect, the police said.

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It informed that the matter pertains to separate incidents. The police narrated that on September 10, 13 police personnel from Narcotic Police station (PS) misappropriated 10 gold bars without following due procedures. In this connection, a criminal case was registered against the 13 erring personnel at State Crime PS vide SCPS Case No. 005/2021 U/S 120B/420/419/201/202/217/221 IPC, dated September 17.

All 13 personnel were named as accused in case No. 005/2021 and are placed under suspension. A disciplinary enquiry is being constituted for the misconduct, it informed.

In another incident, it said that a different criminal case involving 290 gold bars weighing approximately 48.14 Kg was detected and recovered by another team of Narcotic Cell PS at Narcotic Check Point, Khuzama, on October 3.

In this connection, two accused persons were arrested, and a case was registered at the State Crime PS vide SCPS Case No. 006/2021 U/S 414/37 IPC, dated October 5.

“The seizures made in both criminal cases are still intact in Police custody, and there is no question of disappearance/missing of the seized gold. Both cases are under investigation, and the matter is sub judice,” it informed.



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