Seized betel leaves disposed of at Lamdeng
IMPHAL, 24th Apr: The betel leaves, which were seized from Bir Tikendrajit International Airport on April 4, have been disposed of at Solid Waste Management Plant, Lamdeng by officials concerned on Friday, as per the orders of the Court.
A controversy ensued after the betel leaves were brought to the state via cargo flights as part of a consignment of essential items including medicine on April 4. Singjamei police had filed an FIR under Sections 188/269/279/34 of IPC and kept the betel leaves under its custody, in addition to arresting 5 people in connection with the case.
On April 20, Judicial Magistrate First Class, Imphal West -1 ordered for safe disposal of the betel leaves, away from human settlement area on April 24, following which the leaves were disposed of on Friday. As per the order of the Court, a hole was dug up at Solid Waste Management Plant, Lamdeng, in which the leaves were dumped and sprayed with bleaching powder before being buried.
The disposal of the betel leaves was carried out under the supervision of Imphal West District Police SP K Meghachandra, additional SP (LO) AG Sharma, Singjamei SDPO Luxmi Devi Thingbaijam, Singjamei PS OC Inspector P Sanjoy and Lamsang PS OC Inspector Amarnath, along with Imphal West Food Safety designated officer Y Satyajeet Singh, district food safety officer H Premkumar Singh and IMC assistant municipal commissioner Samuel. According to a police report, a total of 271 baskets of betel leaves were disposed of on Friday. Of this, 60 baskets had been in the custody of Singjamei PS, while 211 were in the custody of the airport security.