Mnp drug traffickers sentenced to 15 yrs rigorous imprisonment

Correspondent IMPHAL, Dec 28 | Publish Date: 12/28/2020 12:40:30 PM IST

A special ND&PS court in Manipur on Monday sentenced two convicted drug traffickers of the infamous multi-crore drug seizure of 2018 to 15 years’ rigorous imprisonment and a slapped a fine of Rs. 1 lakh each.

Special judge W Tonen awarded 15 years rigorous imprisonment to the two drug traffickers -Thangminlun Zou alias Mung Zou alias Aric and Tung Khan Mung – after hearing arguments of prosecution and counsels of the convicts.

They were sentenced for the offence under section 21(C)/22(C) and section 29 of NDPS Act, 1985. A fine of Rs. one lakh each was also imposed to them while directing them to pay the same within one year.

The duration which they stayed in judicial custody after arrest will be set off against their sentence of imprisonment under section 428 CrPC as per the order.

The court further directed all the contraband drugs and psychotropic substances related with the case to dispose off according to law after the expiry of the appeal period.

On the intervening night of June 19 and 20, 2018, a team of Narcotic Affairs of Border (NAB) of Manipur police led by the then additional SP (NAB), Th Brinda Devi raided the official quarter of the then Chandel ADC chairman Lhukhosei Zou based on specific information.

The team arrested Zou along with some of his associates following recovery of 4.6 kilograms of heroin powder and 2,80,200 numbers of “World is Yours” tablets estimated to be worth around Rs. 27 crore in the international market during the raid.

The special NDPS court took up the case against 13 individuals including the former chairman of Chandel ADC. However, four of them were discharged from the case during the initial stage of the trial. The court took cognizance against the remaining nine individuals. The prosecution produced 17 witnesses.

While pronouncing the verdict of the case on December 17 last, the judge acquitted Zou and six others from the case after the prosecution failed to prove the charges levelled against them and ordered them to release them from judicial custody.

After the prosecution failed to prove the charges levelled against them and taking moral responsibility despite her removal as IO of the case in the midst of the trial, Th Brinda Devi, the then additional SP of NAB, who led the team that arrested Zou along with the contraband drugs, returned the gallantry award conferred by state chief minister.


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