IMPHAL: Former Chandel ADC Chairman Lhukhosei Zou who remained absconding for more than a year had surrender himself before the Special court ND&PS Manipur on Friday and remanded into judicial custody soon after.
The alleged accused former Chsirman of ADC Chandel Lhukhosei Zou (51), son of Late Thangmang Zou of Moreh ward no. 2 at present staying at VIP quarter no. 1 had failed to appear before the court after he was released on interim bail on health ground for further treatment on December 19, 2018 by the same court with the direction to appeared before the court on January 2 last.
After remain traceless despite many effort by the concern to trace him, the alleged accused suddenly appeared before the court of Special court ND&PS along with the prayer for allowing him to surrender before the court couple with a prayer for allowing to defend him on the ongoing Special trial against him and seven others.
The court registered a cril misc case and heard the alleged accused former ADC chandel Chairmen and his counsels who submitted that on 5 January last year the alleged accused was abducted by KNA Eastern Zalengngam (Burma) and detained in Myanmar area and asked in connection with the present case.
As such, he could not attend before the court and declared him as a proclaimed offender and the surety amount has been forfeited and It is further submitted that the alleged accused had no malafied intention to abscond from the proceeding of the case and is willing to join as an accused during special trial of the present case.
The court also heard Special PP of the state who prays for passing an appropriate order and Court on perusal after hearing the submission of the defense counsels and Special prayer for surrendering of alleged accused is allowed and asked the IO of the case to appear before the court today for doing needful.
The court remanded that the alleged accused Lhukhosei Zou in judicial custody remand and as the case is already fixed for tomorrow for prosecution witness hearing of the present case had directed to produced the alleged accused before the court on February 29 and also directed to furnished the relevant papers of the charge sheet submitted in connection with the case by the IO.
Mention may be made that the alleged accused was released on December 19, 2018 by an order of the case for releasing on interim bail on health ground for his treatment for limited time and asked to appear before the court on January 2.
As on January 2 last, the alleged accused failed to appeared before the court and on January 8 last the sureties of the alleged accused was forfeited by the same court and on March 23 last the alleged accused was announced as absconder/ proclaimed offender in connection with the case.
During the course of time the IO of the case has submitted the charge sheet against all the alleged accused including former Chandel ADC Chairman Lhukhosei Zou and the trial against on against other remaining alleged accused persons after framing a charges against them by the court.
It may also be mention that on June 19, 2018 a combined team of Narcotic and Affair of Border (NAB) and Imphal West district Police team have arrested the alleged accused Lhukhosei Zou and seven other his associates along with huge quantity of Heroin and World is Yours (WY) tablets worth Rs. 27 crore as well as Rs 57, 18,000 in cash around midnight.
The alleged accused was arrested following the arrest of Esther Vungheinuam of Moreh ward number 1, Mung Zou alias Aric of Moreh ward number 3 Gamnim Veng, Teresa Ngaite alias Nengboi of Moreh ward no. 1 from Mantripukhri area same evening
from their revelation Thangminlun Zou of Churachandpur driver of alleged accused former Chandel ADC Chairmen was arrested from his present address Langol game village zone 1 with huge consignment of drugs.
Further, Lawrence Zou of Lamlongei Mantripukhri sound recorder at St. Joseph’s Cathedral Church Mantripukhri was arrested and on the revealed of arrested persons that more drugs were kept at former Chandel ADC Chairman at VIP quarter no.1, accordingly joint team of police rushed at Chairman quarter and arrested him along with his PRO Jamkhohao of Moreh ward no. 1 and Minlal Mate of Moreh eard no. 3 from his quarter along with huge consignment of drugs.
It was also reported that police team have recovered one 0.32 Prohibited Bore (NPB) pistol along with 21 live rounds, a single barrel rifle with two gun licenses, Rs.95, 000 demonetization Indian currency and Rs 13,13,00 in case from the possession of Lhukosei Zou.