Eighth drug trafficker jailed in six months
The Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) have all these years been facing disappointment after every person they arrested with drugs walked scot-free as they failed to prive charges against them.
But the recent rise in the number of convictions under the Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) tells a different story.
From April 2010 till today, eight persons involved in seven cases have been convicted. The conviction rate is a matter of contentment for the ANC since in the past years the conviction rate as low as one, and sometimes none, has been lodged with them.
The number of conviction in the past 10 months is much higher compared to the convictions in any given year for the last two decades. Sunil Paraskar, deputy commissioner of police (ANC) said: “On an average, only 3% of cases lead to conviction. Earlier there was delay in the hearings and at times the witnesses turned hostile leading to the delay.”
Even today, witnesses do turn hostile, but there are other factors that have worked in favour of them, Praskar added.
“We do regular follow-up of the case and have made a special team for the job. Proper scrutiny of paper work has also helped us.”
There are four special NDPS courts, which have helped, in early disposal of cases.
On Friday, the special NDPS court convicted Hayatwaris, 30, who was arrested with 21kg of charas. Ansari was sentenced to 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs1 lakh.
Gaurishankar Nathulal, 45, who was arrested with 120g of cannabis, was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment and a fine of Rs1 lakh last December.
Premsingh Hazarilal Jaiswal, 40, who was arrested with 16kg of charas was convicted in 2010 with 10 years’ imprisonment and Rs1 lakh fine.
Karnataka Animal Husbandry Minister Prabhu B Chavan appealed to people not to sacrifice cattle for the Bakrid festival while warning of stern action against the offenders. The Minister emphasised the Cow Slaughter Prohibition Act has already been in force in Karnataka. Generally, during the Bakrid festival, there is a tradition of sacrifice, for which livestock such as cow, ox, calf and camels are also used, said Chavan.
Chandigarh Chandigarh administrator Banwarilal Purohit on Wednesday gave in-principle approval for a synthetic running track at Sukhna Lake. UT adviser Dharam Pal, said, “The Chandigarh Heritage Conservation Committee had earlier given its go-ahead for the proposal. Next, the detailed plan and cost estimates will be prepared; and then, tenders will be floated for the project.” A UT official said the proposed track is part of the administration's efforts to give Sukhna Lake a major facelift.
The National Highway Authority of India has approved two over-bridges, which are likely to reduce travel time between Kalka and Zirakpur and alleviate traffic jams on the stretch by next year. NHAI has already floated tenders for the 60-m wide over-bridges, which will be constructed at a cost of ₹50 crore. It has invited bids for the “construction and site improvement of the four-lane national highway (NH-22) on the Zirakpur-Parwanoo junction.”
Fifteen students had a narrow escape after their school bus skidded into a waterlogged open drain in Daulat Singhwala village in Phabat area of Zirakpur. The bus, which was ferrying students of Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, Panchkula, was making way for another school bus when it skidded into the overflowing drain. The bus tilted in the drain, but passersby and parents were able to rescue the children through the driver's window.
Tricity residents woke up to heavy rainfall for the second time this month on Wednesday. Three people went missing after a taxi, shuttling two commuters, was swept away in a flashflood in the Patiala-Ki-Rao rivulet as the driver attempted to cross the causeway in Tanda Village near Nayagaon. The owner of the vehicle, Rakesh Kumar told the police that Gaurav had called him saying two people, travelling to Baddi, had booked his cab.