In a startling incident, four Delhi Police officers including two sub-inspectors, have been suspended for allegedly taking a bribe from a drug peddler who was arrested with some 160 kg of cannabis.
On September 11, the four cops including two sub-inspectors and two head constables from Jahangirnagar police station conducted a raid in which 160 kg marijuana was seized. The peddler was also arrested but police reported that the man was let off after giving a bribe of Rs 1,5 lakh. The bribe was reportedly given to “settle the matter” outside the purview of the law.
According to a report in Hindustan Times, the peddler – named Anil – had acquired the weed from Odisha. It also turned out that the cops had reported only 1 kg of the weed while reportedly selling off the rest of the 159 kg. The four cops have been suspended for the act since then.
Vijayanta Arya, the deputy commissioner of police (northwest), said the investigation is being administered by the ACP (Operations) and the two sub-inspectors and the two head constables have been placed under suspension.
The incidents comes in the wake of growing debate and investigation on drug seizures across the country are at an all-time high.
In the past few weeks, there have been some major drug busts across the country.
Two weeks ago 1,350 kg of marijuana was confiscated in a series of raids in Karnataka. Then after days 9,872 kilograms of marijuana worth Rs 4.2 crore was confiscated after a plantation was raided in Chitradurga district.
500 kg of marijuana was confiscated earlier in this month by excise officials from a container truck in Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram which is said to be amongst the biggest of its kind seizure in the state.
The ganja was kept hidden under other goods, was worth Rs 20 crore.
In the year1985, India passed the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances in 1985 which criminalised cannabis in the form of buds (ganja) or resin (charas) while allowing the sale of ‘bhang’ – a byproduct of cannabis that is still heavily consumed on festivals like Holi and Shivratri. The sale and regulation of the latter were left up to states to decide.