Women bodies’ demand re-trial of multi-crore drug case

Correspondent IMPHAL, Jan 12 | Publish Date: 1/12/2021 11:29:10 AM IST

 Memorandums submitted to MPs, Speaker 

Women based civil society organisations on Tuesday requested two MPs of Manipur and Speaker of state Assembly to urge the state government for re-investigation and re-trial of the infamous 2018 multi-crore drug haul case.

As many as 26 women bodies have been pressing the state government to appeal to the higher court against the verdict of the special ND&PS court, Manipur that acquitted the alleged kingpin.

The special ND&PS court Manipur, in its verdict passed on December 17 last had acquitted former Chandel ADC chairman Lukhosei Zou and six others who were arrested with narcotic drugs worth over Rs 27 crore in the international market.

While acquitting Zou and six others, the court convicted two persons, including a 19 year-old driver of Lukhosei and sentenced them to 15 years imprisonment.

Denouncing the verdict of the court, the 26 women bodies recently requested state Governor and chief minister to go to higher court against the verdict of the special ND&PS court Manipur by submitting memorandums on January 8 last.

Dissatisfied over chief minister’s refusal to meet with them and talk about the matter, the women bodies knocked on the door of the Congress party, urging the opposition party to join the chorus to press the government to re-investigate the case.

Furthering their campaign, the women bodies today submitted memorandums to two MPs- Leishemba Sanajoaba of Rajya Sabha and RK Ranjan of Lok Sabha – highlighting the demand they had put before the state government.

They also submitted a similar memorandum to the Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly Y Khemchand today.

After submitting the memorandums, leaders of the women bodies announced that they will continue to air their demand for re-investigation and re-trail of the case to ministers and MLAs too in the coming days.

“We will continue to meet ministers and MLAs too in the coming days and air their demand as a part of democratic movement to justice,” Nupi Samaj president Nganbi Devi who led today’s campaign said.  She said that no one was satisfied with the verdict of the court.

“Do you believe the 19-year-old driver of Zou was the owner of the huge quantity of drugs that too arrested from his master’s quarter,” she asked.

There would be something behind convicting and sentencing the two, including the young driver, as the owner of the drugs worth over Rs 27 crore. They were made scapegoat, she added. 

Government must appeal to the higher court with a prayer for re-investigation and re-trial of the case to find out the real owner of the drug, the president demanded.

If the incumbent government was sincere enough to make the state free from narcotic drug, the chief minister should not delay in appealing to the higher court, she said.

“For the women bodies, to continue pressing the government is our firm stand and we will continue to submit memorandums to the ministers and MLAs in the coming days,” she announced.

If their demand was unheeded despite the democratic movement, they will be compelled to launch other forms of agitations, she warned. The woman leader also questioned the reason behind the chief minister’s delay in giving appointment for meeting with them.

Mention may be made that chief minister N Biren Singh had refused to have a meeting with a delegation of women bodies who went to submit a memorandum containing their demand.

Officials of the CMO had asked the delegation to obtain prior appointment if they wanted to meet with the chief minister.

She expressed strong denouncement with the attitude of the chief minister and stressed the need on the part of the chief minister to clarify the stand of the government on the demand of the women bodies.


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