Nagaland cop suspended for taking seized drugs home

first_imgThe Nagaland government on Thursday suspended a senior IPS officer for possessing 6.9 kg of seized brown sugar. He was also booked under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.An order issued by Nagaland Home Commissioner Abhishekh Singh said that Inspector General of Police (CID) Richard Yimto has been suspended with immediate effect.Mr. Yimto had on August 25 informed State Director General of Police T.J. Longkumer that he had taken home the consignment of drugs seized that month from two men in a car. The brown sugar was seized from Mr. Yimto’s residence a week later.Mr. Longkumer had earlier asked Additional DGP (law and order) Renchamo P. Kikon to make a preliminary inquiry. Mr. Kikon’s report said Mr. Yimto had flouted the due process of law.“We received a report from the police headquarters on Wednesday. The Chief Minister ordered immediate action,” Mr. Singh said.Mr. Yimto, on leave since mid-September, said he had taken the drugs home for safekeeping besides using them as bait to capture the kingpin of the illegal trade. He may be arrested, the police said.A Nagaland Police team led by a sub-inspector of the narcotics cell had seized 6.9 kg of brown sugar from a car at Khuzama on the border with Manipur on August 3. Two people in the car that was coming from Manipur were let off without a case being registered against them.Instead of sending a sample of the drug seized for forensic test, Mr. Yimto took the drugs to his official residence. Later, he said that he took the consignment from the storeroom of the police headquarters in State capital Kohima for greater security.The DGP sent him a show-cause notice after finding that the seized brown sugar was missing.last_img

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