Manipur cop returns gallantry medal

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Published: December 19,2020 01:45 PM
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December 19, 2020: Thounaojam Brinda, an Additional Superintendent of Police in the Manipur Police has returned her ‘Chief Minister Gallantry Medal’ as a mark of protest.

December 19, 2020: Thounaojam Brinda, an Additional Superintendent of Police in the Manipur Police has returned her ‘Chief Minister Gallantry Medal’ as a mark of protest.



She was conferred the award by the state as a part of the CM’s “War Against Drugs” campaign in 2018.



The development came a day after the special Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act court acquitted a person in a drug haul case.



The Court had acquitted former ADC chairman of Chandel Lukhosei Zou and six others in the case in 2018.



Brinda, then ASP of NAB police station, led an operation leading to the arrest of Zou and seven others allegedly with drugs worth Rs. 27 crore and cash on June 19, 2018.



She was conferred the Chief Minister’s police medal for Gallantry on the occasion of Patriot’s Day on August 13, 2018.



“The investigation and prosecution have been deemed unsatisfactory by the honourable ND&PS court. I feel inclined that I have not conducted my duty as ‘per the wishes’ of the Criminal Judiciary System of the land. Hence for the reason cited above, I do not consider myself deserving of the honour bestowed upon me by your good self. I, therefore, return the same to the state Home Department so that it may be given to a more deserving and loyal police officer,” wrote Brinda in her letter to the Chief Minister.



It was four days after the police had filed a chargesheet, Lhukhosei was granted bail by the ND&PSA court following which he absconded. Though he surrendered earlier this year, he was granted bail within a few months.



Brinda through a social media post had questioned the judge for repeatedly granting bail to Lhukhosei. The Manipur high court taking cognisance of it, summoned her. In reply, she filed the 16-page affidavit accusing the chief minister of putting “pressure” on her through a BJP leader to not only stay away from filing a chargesheet in the case but also to release Lhukhosei from custody.