AMSU condems release of drug lord Zou on bail

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Imphal: All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) has strongly condemned release of former Chandel ADC (Autonomous District Council) chairman Lukhosei Zou on bail and transferring of NAB officer Thounaojam Brinda.

“Zou was easily and intentionally released and, as such, justice will never be delivered in the state,” AMSU said.

The student body in a press statement released on Tuesday said, “AMSU in the strongest condems the release on bail of former Chandel ADC who was arrested in 2018 with drug worth about Rs 27 crore and transferring of NAB additional superintendent of police Thounaojam Brinda who arrested the drug kingpin.”

It said, “Zou was released on interim bail on May 20 by NDPS Imphal Court. It is suspicious that the transfer of the officer has link with the release of Zou.”

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Many connected with small cases have been punished as per the Law. Those big drug cases related with crore of Rupees, having nexus with higher-ups, have so far been not traced out, it added.

People fear that the present government’s initiative “War Against Drugs”, which claims to be successful, may go in vain with the recent release of the drug lord, the student body said.

It is suspicious that he was released taking the advantage of Covid-19 crisis while civil society organisations, student bodies, women organisations are in dealing with woes of the present situation, it added.

As he failed to appear before the court, he was declared as an absconder. His case was heard three times in the month. Releasing him on bail on medical ground clearly shows the degree of commitment in the war against drug, it said.

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AMSU and people are perplexed that how the trials of the case would be continued in this situation, it added.

Officer Brinda on her Facebook post expressed discontentment in connection with the case. For this a judicial association made a complaint to cyber crime police station stating that her words are derogatory, it said.

The union regards transferring her, while the case is yet to settle, as not reasonable, it added.

It has morally discouraged dedicated officers and lessen people’s credibility on the judicial system. People regard the act of releasing of the drug lord on bail and traferring of the officer is not just about corrupt judge but also having strong hands of the government, AMSU said.

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This clearly shows that those who have money power and political power can take Law and Judiciary system in the direction they like, it added.

People will not lose trust towards the government when it acts neutral. Drug traders should be punished. The government need to change its attitude of hampering those who fight for justice, it appealed.

AMSU will continue to fight until justice is delivered and will ever stand against drug, it said.

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