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Students in drug net expelled

Gangtok, Dec. 2: Two undergraduate students of Palatine college in Pakyong, East Sikkim, were expelled yesterday following their arrest for alleged possession of narcotics.

The students, one of them from Bhutan, have been booked under the Sikkim Anti-Drug Act, 2006.

On Friday night, police found 25 tablets of Nitrosun-10 on 21-year-old Chabilal Sharma, a first-year student of English, during a raid. Thirty tablets of the same drug were recovered from a 22-year old Bhutanese, Yongteng Rapgey Dukpa, a second-year student of microbiology.

The duo shared a rented room in Pakyong and the raid was conducted after a tip-off.

“Nitrosun-10 is used for the treatment of patients with psychiatric disorders. It is used to stabilise hyperactive behaviour. The medicine is given only if mentioned in the prescription,” said Prayga Lama, a private practitioner in Gangtok.

Yesterday, the duo was produced in a Gangtok court and sent to Rongyek state jail.

College principal Debashish Dasgupta said a letter would be sent to Sikkim University on Monday asking them to strike off the names of the students from the college register.

“Following a meeting on Saturday, it was decided that the students would be expelled as the college does not tolerate such anti-social activities,” Dasgupta said. “Their parents would be informed through letters and letters would also to sent to Sikkim University.”

Inspector in-charge of Sadar police station, Tshering Sherpa, said: “Nitrosun-10 is enlisted as narcotics under the state anti-drug act. The penalties include six months’ imprisonment and fine.”