IMPHAL: Reiterating that the war against drugs will continue in the state, Chief Minister N Biren said that the government will not spare anybody, be it his family members, friends, party members, or officials, if they are found involved in drug smuggling cases.
The Chief Minister told this to reporters here on the sideline of a distribution ceremony of cheques to the beneficiaries under start up scheme organized by Planning Department Manipur at CM Bungalow on Tuesday.
Replying to a media query, the Chief Minister said that his Government is fully committed to curbing drug menace in the state as its responsibility to protect the present generation from its adverse effects. Arrest of drug smugglers and subsequent submission of charge sheets to the court by the Police are all being carried out under the direction of the Government. The present BJP Government vowed to wage war against drugs after having streamlined the loopholes like identification of officers who delay in submission of charge sheets in connection with drug related cases. Once the chargesheet is submitted, it is the duty of the court to decide on the cases and Government cannot make interference.
Regarding the media reports based on the statement of MPS officer Th Brinda who, in her affidavit submitted before the Manipur High Court on Monday, dragged the name of Chief Minister in the Lhukhosei Zou drug haul case, Biren said that he was consulting legal experts on whether publication of such news was timely or not and if it attracts contempt or not. Let the court decide on it, he said.
As desired by the people, the Government is also reportedly considering the enactment of more stringent laws to punish drug smugglers. He said that Government is consulting with law department to see feasibility of enacting a stringent law either by framing a new legislation altogether or amending existing laws.
Regarding the demand of various CSOs not to conduct delimitation based on the controversial 2001 census data, the Chief Minister said that the state Government is also urging the centre to conduct delimitation exercise based on a correct census data. An all political party meeting had earlier discussed the issue. Memorandum has been submitted to the centre urging to conduct delimitation process based on the correct census data, he added.