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13 State Narcs on the dock; Approach HC, seek anticipatory bail

Nagaland News

DIMAPUR, OCTOBER 21: Thirteen Nagaland police personnel, posted in the Narcotic Branch at Police Head Quarter (PHQ), Kohima, are on the dock after some seized gold biscuits kept in the Narcotic Branch, PHQ allegedly went missing.
The State Crime Police Station had on September 16 last registered an FIR against the 13 police personnel under Section 120B, read with Sections 420/409/201/202/217/221 of IPC.

Reliable sources informed that the case against the 13 police personnel, that includes an UBSI, an ASI, 4 Head Constables and 7 Constables, was registered after some seized gold biscuits went missing.
Fearing impending arrest, the 13 police personnel on Thursday approached the Kohima Bench of Gauhati High Court seeking pre-arrest bail (anticipatory bail).
In the anticipatory bail application, the 13 police personnel expressed apprehension of being arrested any time in connection with the case. They expressed fear that in the event of their arrest they may face a lot of hardship including suspension from services.
Counsel for the 13 police personnel submitted that at this stage notice may be issued and in the interim the applicants be granted pre-arrest bail.
Hearing the anticipatory bail application, Justice Songkhupchung Serto observed that out of the Sections of IPC charged against the 13 police personnel only two are non-bailable offences. He also noted the submission of the Counsel that the 13 police personnel are still in service and they have not been suspended in connection with the case.
Issuing notice to the State respondents making it returnable within 2 weeks, the Court ordered that in the interim in case the petitioners are arrested they should be released on interim bail on furnishing a PR bond each of Rs 50,000 with a surety bond each of the like amount, which shall be to the satisfaction of the arresting authority.

The Court also ordered the 13 accused police personnel to co-operate with the investigating authority and should not leave station without his permission.
They (accused) should also not indulge in any activities that would hamper the course of the investigation, the Court said.
(Page News Service)