Richard Yimto, a senior IPS officer of Nagaland, is booked on charges of possessing 6.9 kg seized drugs on Thursday. Nagaland police arrested the IPS officer who in return had claimed that he took the drugs home “in good faith”. As reported by a top Nagaland government official, the IPS officer has been suspended.
Notably, it was Yimto himself who had informed the state DGP T John Longkumer on August 25 that he has taken home drugs seized earlier that month. Notably, the drugs were seized from two car-borne men a month back and it was only after a month that the officer had taken the drugs home. Moreover, this case came into notice and apt actions were taken almost two months after August 25 when Yimto had first informed about it to the state DGP.
The brown sugar consignment was seized by a team led by a sub-inspector of the narcotics cell of the Nagaland Police at the Khuzama inter-state border with Manipur. It was found in a car coming from Manipur.
Abhishek Singh, commissioner and secretary to chief minister Neiphiu Rio, states, “We received a report from the police headquarters on Wednesday. The chief minister ordered immediate action. The IGP (CID) has been suspended through an order issued on Thursday. An FIR has also been filed.”
Speaking on Yimto’s case, DGP Longkumer said that Yimto has been booked under the stringent NDPS Act and an investigation on the matter is on. However, things are not clear yet as to whether the IPS officer will be arrested or not.
The additional director general of police, Renchamo P Kikon said, “He is presently on leave. He is not here.”
However, despite several attempts, the booked IPS officer could have not been contacted yet.
The whole matter of the seizure of the brown sugar contraband is complicated as despite being found with the drugs, the two men were later released by the police. Moreover, Yimto did not send a sample of the drug seized for the forensic test which is generally mandatory. On the other hand, Yimto took the drugs to his official residence. On being asked later, he said that he took the drugs home only because he thought it was not safe in the police headquarter.
Yimto stated, “I took them home in good faith for reasons of security. I wanted to nab the kingpin.”