Meerut- In Meerut district of Uttar Pradesh a troubling incident unfolded where two Muslim youths found themselves unjustly incarcerated under the NDPS Act by the local police. The authorities claimed to have apprehended the individuals during a routine patrol, alleging the discovery of a bag of ganja (cannabis) in their possession. However, the narrative changed when the youths, standing trial, exposed a fabricated story concocted by the police.
During the court proceedings, the accused youth detailed a harrowing tale of being apprehended a day prior and subjected to night-long torture before being officially booked and sent to jail. Taking cognizance of the gravity of the situation, the court issued a directive to the police station officer, mandating the submission of crucial evidence such as mobile location data, CCTV footage, and any other pertinent information.
In response to the seriousness of the allegations, the court also appointed government lawyers to represent the falsely accused youths. The legal intervention aims to ensure a fair and unbiased presentation of the case, acknowledging the potential miscarriage of justice.
An FIR has been lodged against the two Muslim youths by Inspector Manohar Lal and his associates Ankit Kumar and constable Anuj Kumar from Partapur police station in Meerut. The FIR asserts that the police were on a routine patrol when they observed the two individuals behaving suspiciously beneath the Achchhraunda flyover. The police account suggests that the youths attempted to evade the authorities, prompting the police to apprehend them about 30 meters away from the bridge.
According to the FIR, the police questioned the individuals, identified as Mohd. Ahil and Suhail, about the contents of their bags, to which they admitted to carrying ganja for sale to support their families. The Inspector claims to have followed proper procedure by attempting to involve a gazetted officer before searching them, a request the youths allegedly declined.
However, the accused youths contested the timeline of events, asserting that the police had picked them up on February 2, a day earlier than the police claimed. They further accused the police of subjecting them to unjustifiable torture and falsely implicating them in a ganja-related case. The court, responding to the discrepancies, sought detailed information, including the location of police personnel involved, CCTV footage, and records of communication with the jurisdictional officer.
To ensure a fair legal representation, the court appointed government lawyers at its expense and designated Deputy Legal and Defense Counsel Nasir to advocate on behalf of the accused youths. This proactive judicial intervention has sparked a significant reaction within the local administration, shedding light on the potential misuse of power and a need for accountability in law enforcement actions.
The NDPS Act, enacted in 1985, is designed to regulate and prohibit the storage, consumption, transportation, cultivation, possession, sale, purchase, and manufacturing of narcotics and psychotropic substances. It serves as a comprehensive legal framework aimed at addressing issues related to drug offenses and substance abuse.