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Manipur withdraws gallantry medal of Sub-Inspector

Correspondent IMPHAL, Aug 17 | Publish Date: 8/17/2020 1:31:09 PM IST

Manipur government has withdrawn the Chief Minister's Gallantry Medal conferred on a police Sub-Inspector, suspended him, and ordered a high-level inquiry after his alleged arrest in a 2013 drug trafficking case was pointed out, officials said Monday.

The sub-inspector (Bheishamayum Debson Singh) was among 11-member team of police commando who were arrested along the Imphal-Moreh national highway with Respifed Tablets and pseudoephedrine tablets worth Rs. 3,64,02,000 in 2013.

The state police department has also on Sunday constituted a committee headed by IGP (intelligence) K Radhashyam as chairman to enquire into the lapses with the proposal for award of the chief minister’s medal for gallantry.

A police inspector, E Roshan Singh posted as reader to the SP Imphal East, who was said to have taken a main role in recommending the award for the sub-inspector, has also been suspended from his service.

The controversy in awarding the police officer involved in drug trafficking case came up amid the allegation of N Biren Singh involving in the protection of a drug kingpin who was caught red-handed with heroin powder worth Rs 27 crore and 28 kilograms of amphetamine tablets along with cash and arms in 2018.

Meanwhile, opposition Congress in Manipur on Monday demanded resignation of chief minister N Biren Singh who is also in-charge of home department on moral ground.

Awarding a police sub-inspector involved in drug trafficking case showed that the incumbent BJP-led coalition government lacked accountability and responsibility, the opposition Congress has alleged.

Addressing an online press conference, senior Congress legislator W Meghachandra alleged the selection of a police personnel involved in the drug trafficking case has put a big question mark to the credibility of the government.

He also said that taking action against low rank police officials due to lapses in the higher-ups show the lack of accountability on the part of government. 

“There is no meaning in taking action against low level officers like sub-inspector and inspectors. It will not be able to satisfy the people. This is nothing but fooling the people,” the Congress leader said while reacting to the follow up action of the state government after the award was conferred.

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