A sub-inspector posted at Dehri police station in Rohtas district has been suspended for illegally keeping 20kg of seized marijuana.
Sources on Sunday said departmental proceedings have been initiated against the sub-inspector, Satish Kumar Singh, after the matter came to light on Saturday.
The sources added that another sub-inspector, Dinesh Kumar Singh, has been asked to report to the police lines for his alleged association with Satish in the narcotics deal.
Rohtas superintendent of police (SP) Manu Maharaj said a team of security personnel had seized one quintal (100kg) of marijuana from an area under the jurisdiction of the Dehri police station on December 28.
“In the seizure list submitted to court, the investigating officer of the case, Satish Kumar Singh, said only 80kg of narcotics was found during the raid. Satish and Dinesh had hidden the remaining 20kg of the contraband,” he added.
The SP said he had ordered a probe soon after coming to know that a portion of the seized narcotics had been kept somewhere else.
Dehri sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) Kamla Kant Prasad was assigned with the task to probe into the incident. The SDPO, along with inspector R.B. Mahto, searched the room where Satish stayed with Dinesh. During the search, they found 12 packets of marijuana wrapped in polythene sachets, each weighing a kilo from the room.
Manu said Satish was suspended on the recommendation of the SDPO, while Dinesh has been asked to report to the police lines with immediate effect. “Both have been found guilty of keeping seized narcotics illegally,” he added.
The SP said a criminal case would be instituted against the two policemen after their links with the drug peddlers of the district were established.
Two persons, identified as Chandra Kant Kumar and Vijay Kumar, were arrested and 100kg of marijuana wrapped in plastic bags were found from their luxury car on December 28. Chandra and Vijay are residents of Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh. The consignment was being taken to Allahabad from Odisha’s Brahmapur area.
Police in Rohtas on Saturday arrested a woman and her male companion from Beda village and found on them heroin worth Rs 10 lakh in the international market.
Rohtas superintendent of police Manu Maharaj said acting on a tip-off, a police team conducted a raid at Beda village in the Sasaram Mufassil area and caught Pinki Devi and Pramod Bind. On the basis of their statement, the police carried out a raid and seized heroin worth Rs 10 lakh.