Man awarded 10 years for hauling 5kg opium

IMPHAL, Jan 5 (IFP): Special judge Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Fast Track Court), Manipur awarded a man to rigorous imprisonment for 10 years and imposed a fine of Rs. 1 lakh for hauling drugs during February 2016 at Heirok area. This is the first sentence awarded by the Fast Track Court in connection with the seizure of opium and third sentence as a whole since it was inaugurated by chief minister, N. Biren on April 9, 2018. On November 30, the court first imposed its first sentence to a man for smuggling one kilogram of Heroin number 4 followed by the second sentence on December 7. The order was announced today in the open court in presence of convict identified as Th. Lemba, 55, son of Th. Kalamu of Bachaspati Leikai, Uripok. He was arrested on February 22, 2016 by a combined team of Narcotic Control Bureau (NCB), Imphal and 54 BSF from Litan Bridge, Heirok while he was hauling 5 kilograms of contraband opium in a Maruti van. The sentence order further mentioned that the convict should pay the said fine within one year from today, failing which the convict shall undergo another period of one-year imprisonment. Besides, the period of detention undergone prior to the conviction by the convict shall be set off against the sentence of imprisonment within the ambit of section 428 CrPC and directed the superintendent of Central Jail, Sajiwa to submit the report of the period which the accused person was in judicial custody before the same court. During the sentencing hearing, the counsel of the convict submitted that the commission of such offence is the first in the life of the convict and he has also his family members without whom the family members of the convict shall be in a very deteriorating condition. The counsel further submitted the convict is also suffering from various ailments including high blood pressure and diabetics and met BP stroke in 2016 and prayed to give minimum punishment and fine. This special trial case has been transferred from the special court NDPS, Thoubal recently on the basis of the order of the registrar (judicial) High Court of Manipur and thereafter the court has taken up the case on June 2. On July 2, a charge was framed against the convict under section 17, 18 and 28 of NDPS Act following the submission of charge sheet by NCB, Imphal and was convicted on last year December 31.
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