Imphal: All Manipur Student’s Union (AMSU) has expressed it’s anger for allegedly honouring a state police personnel, who was arrested for involvement in drug trafficking in the past, with Gallantry Award.
“AMSU is outraged to see Bheishamayum Debson Singh, SI, CDO, Imphal East, who was arrested for trafficking drugs worth more than Rs 3 crore in 2013 is awarded Chief Minister’s Police Medal for Gallantry for 2020,” the student body said in a press statement released on Sunday.
The student body recalled that on April 28, 2013 sub-inspector Bheishamayum Debson Singh of Singjamei Bheigyabati Leikai, Imphal East was arrested along with an 11-member team of the Manipur Police commando at Pallel on the way to Moreh carrying Respifed Tablets and pseudoephedrine tablets worth Rs 3,64,02,000 in international market.
An FIR number 62(4)2013 Kakching police station under section 21/29 of the ND&PS Act and 27 Arms Act was lodged.
The same person Bheishamayum Debson Singh was listed in serial number 6 of the Chief Minister’s Police Medal for Gallantry notified vide reference number 27/6/2020-H(CM-MEDAL) dated August 12, 2020, the release said.
AMSU cannot understand how the chief minister who eloquently elaborated on the issue of “War Against Drugs” during his official address on the Independence Day ceremony could confer gallantry award to such a police personnel caught red handed for drug trafficking, the student body said.
AMSU demanded a high level inquiry into the antecedents of all the police personnel who were conferred gallantry awards this year and to strip the award if any of them were found involved in heinous crimes like drug trafficking.
AMSU hopes and pray that the much flaunted “War Against Drugs” is not turned into “War for Drugs”, the student body said.