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Manipur: Court rules rigorous imprisonment for duo attempting to sell
IFP Bureau | First Published: September 16, 2019 15:02:21 pm
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Manipur: Court rules rigorous imprisonment for duo attempting to sell drugs at school
The counsel of the two convicts appealed for a minimum period of sentence on the ground that the offence committed was the first for both convicts and they were sole breadwinners of their respective families.

In a landmark judgment Thursday, Special Judge, ND &PS (Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act) fast track Court in Manipur has sentenced two men, who were convicted for trying to sell heroin inside the school campus, to 16 and 11 years of rigorous imprisonment (RI).
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The convicts namely 59 -years-old Lianpu Simte and 47-years-old Biaklian Paite were sentenced to 16 and 11 years of RI with fines amounting to Rs one lakh and 10,000 respectively.

They were arrested by a team of Narcotic and Affairs of Border (NAB) police on September 8, 2001. They were reportedly trying to sell a large quantity of heroin powder inside the premises of St. Peter School, Thangmeiband Sanakeithel in Imphal. Narcotic police recovered two packets containing 200 grams and 100 grams of heroin powder. The same court convicted the duo on August 28.

Police said Paite had brought the heroin powder from Churuchandpur and kept the same in the custody of Simte.
Simte kept the heroin powder in his custody following an assurance from Paite that Rs. 10,000 as the commission would be given to him after selling the heroin powder.

The special trail has been transferred from Special Judge, ND&PS under the direction of Manipur High Court on May 4, 2019. Police submitted charge sheet on December 15, 2003, and subsequently, charge was framed against the duo on November 28, 2018.

The counsel of the two convicts appealed for a minimum period of sentence on the ground that the offence committed was the first for both convicts and they were sole breadwinners of their respective families.

“In my view, the minimum period of 10 years with the minimum fine of rupees one lakh shall not be the adequate quantum of punishment for their commission of the offence according to section 32B of ND& PS Act, 1985,” said the judge before passing the sentence order.

Manipur government declares ‘No School Bag Day’ for students
An office memorandum to this effect was issued by the Education department enforcing “No School Bag Day” in all categories of schools including the government and private schools.

The Manipur government has declared all working Saturdays as “No School Bag Day” for students from class I to VIII. On this day, students will not carry school bags and institutions will ensure taking up extra co-curricular activities, games and sports, recreational activities among others and make schools a more joyful place of learning.
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An office memorandum to this effect was issued by the Education department enforcing “No School Bag Day” in all categories of schools including the government and private schools.

“It has come to the knowledge of the government that the students in these categories of classes are found to be always engaged with routine works related to school curriculum, additional homework assignments thereby finding hard to find any quality time for life skill activities including games and sports, extra co-curricular activities etc which can help in their holistic personality development and growth”, the memorandum said.

The Education Department said it will review the practice having considered the long term physical and mental effects of carrying heavy school bags every day by young students causes inconveniences, health problems and discomfort to them
The department notified that focus will be given more on the areas for providing a holistic development of the students by reducing excessive stress and by making school a more conducive and joyful place.

Welcoming the decision, Leimapokpam Babyrani, a resident of Thangmeiband said, “It is a great relief not only for my child but for me too. It has become almost unbearable to watch my daughter carry that heavy school bag every day and the physical hardship she has to go through after carrying the bag.”

Babyrani’s daughter is studying in class V at RK Sanatombi Vidyalaya in Imphal.

She wished that the government also comes up with a mechanism to ease the burden of carrying heavy bags further besides Saturday.

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