IMPHAL, 11th June: Undeterred by a Lilong-based organisation giving clean-chit to Md Masle alias Maleuddin alias Haji Basleuddin (63), son of late Md Haider Ali of Lilong Turel Ahanbi, and demanding his unconditional release, the same person accused of being kingpin of an international drug smuggling racket and vehicle lifter gang has been formally re-arrested by Lilong police on Monday.
Masle, who was produced before the Special Judge ND&PS on completion of police remand period under the custody of Narcotics and Affairs of Border (NAB), has been taken into custody of Lilong police in connection with another drug trafficking case.
Already declared a proclaimed offender by a court, Masle was arrested by a joint team of NAB police station and Thoubal Police on June 7 in a follow-up investigation into the Kaimai drug haul case wherein troops of 23 Assam Rifles seized one lakh tablets of World is Yours (WY) on April 10.
Masle is reportedly a leader of an International drug cartel having connections in Myanmar, Nepal, Bangladesh and other south Asian countries.
Subsequent to recovery of huge consignment of WY tablets from a vehicle and arrest of a person, investigations carried out on the disclosure of the arrested person has so far resulted in the detention/arrest of over six persons.
They include a retired MPS officer (Dy SP) of Manipur police namely Md Abdul Latif (63) of Dewlaland Kabaw Leikai and his wife Nasim Banu; Chalmowii Mizo Duhian (53) wife of Hashim of Dalpati, Moreh; Lalrazami Mizo Duhian (27) and her husband Sougaijam Robindro (28) of Kakching Wairi Thongam Leikai, and Md Nasle.
Mention may be made that a day after his arrest, a Lilong-based organisation had claimed that Masle has no connection with any illegal activities and recently retired from service as a laboratory attendant of Lilong Haoreibi College.
Meanwhile, claiming that Md Masleuddin is innocent, United Youths’ Forum (UYF), Lilong has demanded the state government to release him within June 15 and threatened of resorting to various forms of agitation if the government failed to fulfil its demand.
In a statement, UYF general secretary Saddam Hussain refuted the charges levelled against Masle and urged NAB SP W Basu and DSP Th Brinda to clarify on which day he was declared wanted and under which police station FIR was lodged against him and why the state government sanctioned monthly salary in the name of Masle for 30 years if he was a wanted criminal. Demanding unconditional release of Masle within June 15, Saddam urged the government to deliver justice to the retired government employee by taking disciplinary actions against the two police officers if they failed to provide evidences of his involvement in the alleged crimes.