An inspector with the Mizoram Police’s intelligence unit in Aizawl has been granted interim bail after the Excise and Narcotics Department’s Anti-Narcotics Squad obtained a warrant for his arrest following a drug trafficker’s statement that the inspector had given her a consignment of 10,000 methamphetamine pills.
The inspector is currently attached to the District Special Bureau under the Aizawl Superintendent of Police, and has been a key investigator in several high profile drug seizures in the past few months, including busts which led to the arrests of then Congress spokesperson Lalrozara, then Mizoram Youth Commission member Lalremsangi Fanai and a close relative of prominent Aizawl businessman F Hrangvela.
He was granted bail on medical grounds by Special Judge (ND&PS) Lucy Lalrinthari of the Aizawl District Court on Monday after the inspector’s lawyer cited medical problems. The same judge had earlier issued the arrest warrant against the inspector.
The Anti-Narcotics Squad had on July 20 seized 10,000 tablets of methamphetamine in an Aizawl neighborhood and arrested three people who were trafficking the consignment worth Rs 22 lakhs from Khawzawl, a town in the state’s east not far from the Indo-Myanmar border.
Myanmar is considered Asia’ biggest source of methamphetamine, a highly addictive narcotic popular as a party drug due to it’s energy-enhancing effects but for which there is till now no known medical treatment worldwide.
One of the arrested persons told Anti-Narcotics Squad investigators of being a long-time informer of the inspector and that the methamphetamine consignment was in lieu of a reward. The accused currently has another drug trafficking case with the Anti-Narcotics Squad, however, which involves pseudoephedrine, a drug used to manufacture methamphetamine.
An investigator said the police inspector was summoned for questioning last week and he told interrogators he had obtained the pills from an earlier seizure of about 50,000 methamphetamine pills.
Investigators however said both the arrested trafficker and the inspector retracted their statements when the duo were interrogated in the same room, apparently after the inspector asked the trafficker if there was any evidence of the drugs handover.