Imphal: Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh Thursday announced the dismissal of five police personnel who were arrested last week along with a large number of drugs.
The five police commandos – Thaochung Subhash Chothe, son of Th Babuchao Chothe, Chandrapota village Chandel district (Rfn No. 072006088, 7th Bn Manipur Rifles); Khwairakpam Achouba Singh, son of Kh Thaninjao Sing of Wang Sekmai Makha Leikai (Hav No. 022007251, MPTC Pangei); Yumnam Dineshwor Meitei, son of Y Nabachandra Meitei of Wabagai Mayai Leikai (Cons No. 1801203, Imphal West district police); Moirangthem Premchandra Singh, son of M Ibohanbi Singh of Poirou Khongjil Awang Leikai (Rfn No 062010650, 6th Bn, Manipur Rifles); and Naorem Dorendrojit Singh, son of N Sarat Singh of Kakching Khunyai Leikai (Rfn No 062010801, 6th Bn. Manipur Rifles) – who were all attached to the Kakching police station, were apprehended while ferrying the drugs, including heroin and methamphetamine tablets, from Moreh town along the India-Myanmar border.
Kakching district Superintendent of Police, Shrey Vats, said that the five cops, including a havildar, were transporting the drugs to the state capital, Imphal, in a Maruti Gypsy after collecting the contraband from Myanmar.
Participating in the 74th Republic Day celebration here, the Chief Minister said there is an alarming situation in Manipur that if we fail in the ongoing campaign of the ‘War on Drugs’, our youth and present generation would be lost soon.
While hundreds of state police personnel are working hard day and night to destroy and root out the evil of drugs in Manipur, a few personnel are trying to tarnish the beautiful image of the police force and the government’s vigorous campaign against drugs, Biren said, adding that the five police personnel were terminated with immediate effect as an ‘exemplary punishment,’ after a thorough discussion at the highest level, including the Governor of Manipur.
The Chief Minister further warned that “whoever,” including civil servants, uniform and politicians, involved in the business of drugs would be immediately sacked from the service. He declared that the state government will make no concessions in its War on Drugs campaign.