IMPHAL: Two personnel of Imphal East Narcotic cell have allegedly been thrashed by some locals of Khergao Awang Sabal leikai Imphal east when the duo were attempting to pick up a drug peddler in the locality.
The injured cops have been identified as ASI Ch Bishwajit and ASI Md Azad Khan of Imphal East Narcotic cell.
According to police sources, the unfortunate incident took place when the two cops were attempting to pick up one suspected drug peddler identified as Md Ningthou (32) S/o Md Sahiruddin of Khergao Awang Sabal leikai Imphal east this morning. Getting information about drug peddling at Khergao Awang Sabal leikai, the duo, in civil dress with arms, entered the house of Md Ningthou (32) on the pretext of buying drug from the man. When Md Ningthou (32) handed over the cops in disguise, the duo immediately tried to arrest him. However, Md. Ningthou screamed branding the cops as thieves intruding the house. Locals rushed to the spot and began thrashing the cops. However, ASI Azad Khan could escape from the scene.
Despite identifying themselves as Police, the mob also even attempted to snatch their service pistol. The mob covered their face with a cloth and began thrashing. The two cops conducted the operation under the supervision of of Additional SP Imphal east (Ops) Th Krishnatombi. In the incident, ASI Bishwajit sustained injury on his face and mouth while Md Azad Khan on his hands and chest.
“How can police prevent drug smuggling in the state when the locals do not extend cooperation to the police”, victim Ch Bishwajit questioned.
Following the incident, additional forces of Imphal east police cordoned the area and conducted search operation.