Mnp lady cop returns gallantry medal after former ADC acquitted

Correspondent IMPHAL, Dec 18 | Publish Date: 12/18/2020 12:46:22 PM IST

Former additional SP of NAB (Narcotic Affairs of Border), Thounaojam Brinda Devi on Friday returned Chief Minister’s Police Medal for Gallantry conferred on her in recognition of her service on Manipur government’s “War against Drugs”.

She returned the medal taking moral responsibility for the failure of the multi-crore drug seizure case in which former ADC Chandel chairman was acquitted.

In its verdict on a high profile drug seizure case, special court (ND&PS) Manipur on Thursday acquitted the former ADC chairman and a BJP member Lhukhosei Zou and six others from the case.

Brinda was the police officer who led the police team that raided the government allotted quarter of Zou and seized  drugs worth over Rs 28 crore in the international market on June 20, 2018.

She was also the investigating officer (IO) of the case until she was transferred while the trial was in progress in the special court.

Recognising her service in the drug seizure case, the state government conferred Chief Minister’s Police Medal for Gallantry on Patriots’ Day (13th August) of the same year (2018).

The lady officer returned the medal today with a letter addressed to chief minister N Biren Singh today.

In the letter, she wrote that the investigation and prosecution were deemed unsatisfactory by the court. 

“I feel morally inclined that I have not conducted my duty as ‘per the wishes’ of the Criminal Justice Delivery System of the land.”

“…………I do not consider myself deserving of the honour bestowed upon me by your good self. I, therefore, return the same to the state home department so that it may be given to a more deserving and loyal police officer,” Brinda wrote.

After returning the medal, the then additional SP of NAB told reporters that “as the case turned out to be a failure, I remorse and have moral right not to keep the medal.”

She blamed herself for the failure of the case and said “It was because of my inefficiency as a police officer, the case failed.”

The officer currently with no specific assignment after she was transferred as additional SP of NAB stressed the need for re-investigation of the case from the very beginning.

To mention here, Th Brinda Devi, in an affidavit she submitted in the High Court of Manipur, alleged that politicians, including a close acquaintance of the chief minister, and top police officers were involved in the case.

The lady officer is facing a suo motu contempt case for her “offensive” remarks on Facebook allegedly undermining and criticising the judiciary after the alleged drug kingpin Lhukhosei Zhou was granted a three-week bail by the court of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act in the 2018 drug smuggling case.

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