TSA jumps into controversial Lhukhosei Zou drug haul case

TMB Report

IMPHAL: The Thadou Students’ Association has jumped into the controversial Lhukhosei Zou drug haul case with a scathing attack on the character and integrity of MPS officer Th Brinda, although she had been widely hailed as a whistle blower and an intrepid police officer committed to justice, by thousands in the social media.

In a press release issued by Paogoulun Chongloi, Deputy Secretary General, TSA-GHQ, the students’ body added a new twist to the existing version of the drug seizure from L Zou, the then chairperson of Chandel ADC, with a sensational claim that Th Brinda had demanded a staggering sum of money so as not to charge sheet the accused within the expiry of the six months window. Failure to charge sheet within the stipulated time will have led to release of Zou on statutory bail automatically.

“Just a day before the expiration of 6 months (180 days) on the 179th day, she upped the ante, by doubling the amount which eventually led to the breakdown of the negotiation as the family was unable to cough up her demand. A charge sheet was promptly filed against Zou and therefore trial starts immediately. We appreciate state police department for submitting the charge sheet on time and the matter has been progressing with the trial conducted underway by the ND&PS Court,” the press release stated.

With an apparently dissatisfied bearing and doubts of partisanship, the note remarked that Sesei Zou was arrested on June 20, 2018 and charge sheeted for his complicity in the case whereas many major drug cases in the state are yet to be charge sheeted.

The TSA also brought up instances from its own knowledge where the then Addl SP (NAB) acted in double standard manner wherein her subordinates staffs were involved in drug trafficking. “The fact that Radhakishore, a Sub-Inspector (SI) at Narcotics and Affairs of Border (NAB) along with one constable by the name of Sanjoy, three VDF personnel and two civilians were arrested by Thoubal Police on the intervening night of 12th March, 2019 for being involved in drugs trafficking. Thereafter, on 12th March, 2019 morning, with the advice of Th Brinda, the then OC, NAB Rishikesh Sharma went to Dr. S. Ibomcha, SP, Thoubal and K. Jayanta, IGP Zone-I for the release of Radhakishore and all. There was also an instance where seized drugs were lost in the custody of NAB PS during when Th. Brinda was the Addl SP (NAB). Two of the Officer-in-Charge (OC) of NAB PS viz. Rishikesh Sharma and Chandrakumar are now put under suspension. All this sums up that during her posting as Addl. SP (NAB), her conduct on drugs appears to be doubtful,” the TSA statement charged.

Brinda’s conduct on Facebook was another major source of objection by the Thadou Students’ Association. TSA condemned ‘the breach of conduct by Th Brinda, a police officer, in public domain threatening decorum to a law and order enforcement agencies’. It is unfortunate that in spite of her outstanding performance she is communal in her intent and indisciplined in her conduct which is unbecoming of a police officer, the statement continued.

TSA alleged that Th Brinda made racial remarks in her Facebook post on Saturday, July, 25, 2020 aimed at an IPS officer belonging to Schedule Tribe (ST) category stating “One IPS Quota Police threatened my extended family member with dire consequences. What is the DGP saying on it? Shall we have complete show down?”

“Reservations are the constitutional rights of the tribals. We are against the remarks and judgement made by Th Brinda over the hills people of the state by treating people based on caste, creed and race. Such acts of racism at its highest level by a police officer are completely uncouth. She should apologize for hurting the sentiments of the hill people,” the TSA demanded.

The students’ group also stated that it strongly condemned the wilful act of Th Brinda, for openly posting derogatory, defamatory and contemptuous post in her Facebook account against the Special Judge (ND&PS) and the Judiciary System in the month of May, 2020.

Incidentally, the TSA’s statement reserved its praise for chief minister N Biren in his commitment to fight the menace of drugs in the state.

“TSA supports all anti-drugs measures and steps taken by the churches, governments, NGOs, etc. The motto of “War on Drugs” was a mere slogan until N. Biren, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Manipur took political risks and started educating by consulting and involving Church Leaders, Civil Societies, Police Department, District Administrations of the state through seminar, workshop, etc. This initiative and action of anti-drugs movement by N. Biren Singh is laudable. We truly appreciate N. Biren Singh led Manipur government for adopting a bold step in the much needed drugs affected state by setting up a Fast Track Court for ND&PS cases in April, 2018, without which more than hundred cases will not be disposed of with conviction,” it stated.

According to the TSA press release, Th Brinda also deserves to be given her due appreciation for her excellent performance in busting drugs cartels where she was deservedly awarded the “Gallantry Medal & Chief Minister’s Commendation” in 2018 and “Best Performer Award” in 2019. But, it pointed out that her disdain towards the judiciary, the executives, the police department and her interference in political matters that was seen in her Facebook post is untenable.

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