Manipur cop returns gallantry award after court acquits accused BJP leaders in drugs case citing ‘unsatisfactory’ probe

Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) of Manipur Thounaojam Brinda returned the Chief Minister’s Police Medal after the acquittal of BJP leaders accused in the drugs case and dissatisfaction over the investigation by the court. This medal was given to ASP Brinda for investigation in the drugs case. The former BJP ADC chairman and six other people were accused in the drugs case.

The woman police officer wrote a letter to Chief Minister N Biren Singh stating that she had returned the medal due to a court order. In fact, the court has acquitted all the accused, calling the investigation in the drugs case unsatisfactory.

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Police officer Thaunaojam Brinda was awarded the Chief Minister’s Police Medal for contributing to the state government’s fight against narcotics on the occasion of Patriot Day on August 13, 2018.
The police officer has returned the medal with all due respect to the state government and following the decision of the NDPS court. The NDPS court of Lamfell acquitted former BJP ADC chairman Lukhoshi Jo and six other people. A large quantity of drugs was recovered in this drugs case. In her letter, Brinda said that the court considered the investigation and prosecution in the case unsatisfactory, hence she is returning her medal.

In her letter, Brinda said, “I feel morally that I have not done my duty as per the will of the state’s criminal justice delivery system.” Therefore, I do not consider myself worthy of the honor you have given me, so I am returning the medal to the State Department of Home to give it to a more qualified and loyal police officer.

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