Nagaland: Narcotics go missing; recovered from IPS officer

Nagaland: Narcotics go missing; recovered from IPS officer
The Nagaland Police Headquarters, Kohima. (Image courtesy: http://nagapol.gov.in)

 

PHQ recommends transfer of officer; onus of action on Home Department 

 

Morung Express News
Dimapur | October 14

 

Impounded narcotics that went missing in August this year were recovered from the residence of a senior IPS officer of the Nagaland cadre.

 

The case pertains to a drug haul by the Narcotics Cell of the Nagaland Police on August 3 from the Khuzama inter-state checkpost, bordering Manipur.

 

The Nagaland Police Headquarters has so far remained secretive about the case in which several officers could be implicated. Internal departmental communication memos have revealed serious breach of law, implicating a serving Inspector General of Police (IGP).

 

Narcotics go missing; recovered
As per documents in possession of The Morung Express, contraband brown sugar weighing 6.9kg was seized by the Nagaland Police Narcotics enforcement personnel at the Khuzama police checkpost on August 3. The contraband was confiscated from a car originating in Manipur and two persons were arrested.

 

Despite the gravity of the case and the State’s professed fight against narcotics, the incident did not make it to official records. The incident was hushed up by senior officials, the persons arrested released and the confiscated drug consignment went missing. The episode prompted a departmental inquiry.

 

The drug consignment was eventually recovered from the residence of IGP (CID) at the New Police Reserve, Phesama on September 1, only after the DGP of Nagaland State ordered a high level departmental probe.

 

The Director General of Police (DGP), in an official communication (titled Show cause notice and recommendation thereof’) to the Home Commissioner of Nagaland, dated October 10, mentioned a “senior IPS officer” flouting “his legal brief,” bringing into “question the propriety and responsibility of action as a senior IPS officer.”

 

It continued, “The officer’s explanation on the time lapse, 03.08.2018 to 25.08.2018, between the first seizure of the narcotics and the disclosure of the fact to senior officers is suspicious and not tenable.”

 

It added that subsequent to the “disclosure of the fact in written” by the officer in question to the DGP on August 25, as a result of a show-cause notice, the DGP ordered the ADGP (Law & Order) to confiscate the contraband from the “officer’s residence.” The contraband, as per the DGP’s communication to the Home Commissioner, was confiscated on September 1.

 

The memo to the Home Commissioner recommended to the Government of Nagaland that “The officer’s actions, no matter the reasons given by him, are not in conformity with the law. It raises many questions as to his intentions, but as he himself has admitted to his mistakes, we may consider it as a folly of judgment and poor knowledge of the concerned laws.”

 

Based on this, the DGP ‘recommended’ merely transferring the officer to another post “with immediate effect.”
The Nagaland Police Headquarters (PHQ) was evasive when The Morung Express made inquiries on the August 3 drug haul and the subsequent departmental investigation. Repeated attempts to contact the PHQ for official comment went unanswered. The DGP, when contacted, on Sunday neither denied nor acknowledged the case, while only responding that the findings will be known “after the (completion) of the inquiry.”

 

According to official sources, the brown sugar haul occurred at around 8:30 am on August 3. A car was intercepted at the checkpost from which Narcotics Police personnel recovered “suspected brown sugar” weighing about 6.9kg. This went missing after it was submitted at the Narcotics police station. The seizure memo of September 1 also mentions recovery of “11 packets of suspected brown sugar, 9 brown tape packets and 2 yellow tape packets” from the residence of the IGP (CID).

 

The DGP has shifted the onus of final action to be taken in the case on to Nagaland’s Home Department.
“I put forward these facts of the case for your considered perusal and necessary action,” stated the DGP in his memo to the Home Commissioner.