November 7, 2017 7:24:47 am
THREE FIRs registered under various sections of the NDPS Act following the seizure of heroin were cancelled as the samples of seized narcotics failed tests at the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), Sector 36, in the last 32 months, revealed a reply to an RTI query.
All three FIRs date back to 2015 and the cancellation reports in connection with them date back to October 2016. The FIRs were registered against Harjit Singh, a resident of Sector 45A, Islam, resident of Badheri village, and Malkit, a resident of Dhanas.
When Chandigarh Newsline attempted to approach the three, they were found missing from home and neighbours informed that being tenants, they had shifted base. Two FIRs out of three against Harjit and Islam were registered at Sector 39 police station and one FIR against Malkit was registered at Sector 34 police station. All the three FIRs were registered by crime branch personnel, including sub-inspectors Juldan Singh and Avtar Singh.
According to police records, 25 gm heroin was seized from Harjit, 5 gm heroin from Islam and 4 gm heroin from Malkit.
DSP (Crime) Pawan Kumar said, “We verified the cancellation reports submitted in the courts. The reports revealed that as the seized samples of heroin failed during examination, cancellation reports were filed.”
SI Juldan Singh, the probe officer in two of the FIRs against Harjit and Malkit, is currently on ex-India leave. SI Avtar Singh, probe officer in Islam’s case, said, “We caught them red-handed. But later, I was transferred from the crime branch. The CFSL report might have arrived after my transfer and another probe officer submitted the cancellation report.”
The RTI query, which was filed by Chandigarh Newsline, further revealed that proceedings in connection with the nine FIRs were dropped as nine alleged suspects passed away during investigation. According to the RTI, a total of 463 FIRs under various sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance (NDPS) Act, 1985, were registered between January 1, 2015, and August 31, 2017. The reply to the query of convictions and acquittals revealed that the 105 accused held under NDPS Act, 1985, were convicted and 19 acquitted between January 1, 2015, and August 31, 2017.
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