Geetchandra said that the state government was depriving the people of their right to free speech under the Indian Constitution, and added that the arrest of Sintha was nothing but suppressing democracy by the state government.
Coalition Against Drugs and Alcohol (CADA) accused Thoubal police of bypassing mandatory provisions which led to the acquittal of the accused in Phoudel drug case and asked the state government why it remained silent over it.
CADA secretary general Geetchandra Mangang also accused the government of remaining silent about the case, in which all the nine accused including a Myanmar citizen were acquitted. In one of the largest drug bust, drugs worth Rs 400 crore were seized from Phoudel, Thoubal district.
Geetchandra was speaking at a sit-in on Saturday at Keirao Bitra Makha Leikai, Imphal East. It was jointly organised by Panthoibi Leimarol Lamjing Meira Association and CADA Imphal East District Committee as part of the ongoing protest against the inaction and silence of the government over the Lhukhosei Zou case and Phoudel drug case, according to a CADA release.
The CADA secretary general also said that slashing of poppy fields is regularly reported but the news of the growers being punished is seldom heard. Likewise, news of drug seizure is widely reported but that of punishing the drug smugglers as per the law is rare, he added and asked what kind of campaign the government is doing under “war on drugs”.
He also asserted that the government should not lead the youths of the state to graveyards in trying to save one individual.
On the Lhukhosei Zou case, Geetchandra stated that of the 13 accused 11 were acquitted including the former Autonomous District Council Chandel chairman, Lhukhosei from whose quarter drugs worth around Rs 27 crore were seized. And the driver of Lhukhosei and a 19 year old helper were convicted.
As the people were septic about the Judgement, they began demanding the government to appeal to a higher court. The Judgement also clearly mentioned that higher courts can be moved, he added.
Geetchandra further said that instead of hearing the voice of the people, democratic agitations were thwarted and CADA activists were threatened. And the arrest of one of its activists, Sintha Laishram, for merely sharing photographs of a sit-in in which a placard – “Chief minister should resign”, was held, will only lead to state-wide intense agitations, he asserted.
Geetchandra also said that the state government was depriving the people of their right to free speech under the Indian Constitution, and added that the arrest of Sintha was nothing but suppressing democracy by the state government.