Jharkhand Cops Arrest RTI Reporter for Carrying Drugs, Probe Discovers Drugs Planted
An RTI journalist was apprehended by the police in Jharkhand’s Hazaribagh on March 3 for possessing opium and brown sugar and got him to “confess” to the criminal activity. Two days later on, the cops found that the contraband was planted, leading up to 5 detained for setting him up. Two confessional declarations in less than 48 hours.
Meanwhile, the friends and family of Rajesh Mishra, a 45- year-old journalist with ‘India-Bol’ news portal, stages demonstrations outside the Jharkhand Assembly, The New Indian Express reported.
” Previously, we got details that the RTI activist was carrying drugs in the dicky of his bike. After a search, we discovered opium and brown sugar and we arrested him under the NDPS Act. During our investigation we came to understand that there may be a possibility that we were incorrectly informed and that Mishra was set up by some conspiracy,” Hazaribagh Superintendent of Authorities Karthik S told the news site.
The authorities formed a team and quizzed the 5 culprits after detaining them, he said. “Later, it emerged in our investigation that the drugs were planted in the bike dicky. We have jailed 5 individuals, including a clerk and a deed author with the district’s Land and Income Department,” he added.
” Large tracts of land– which is governed under the Occupancy Act– were being offered and the pc registry of the stated land was being done. He had actually submitted an RTI and it had actually ruffled numerous persons in the department. a colleague alleged. “He was being pushed … He had actually previously exposed numerous illegalities such as advancement on numerous pond locations to name a few through RTI,” among his associates was priced estimate in the report.
Singh was dealing with a variety of RTI stories on such lands that can’t be sold to general population under the Chotanagpur Occupancy Act, however was still offered in total infraction of law.
An FIR versus him was registered On March 3 under NDPS Act. The FIR stated that Sub Inspector Nishi Kumari was bought by Sadar DSP Mahesh Prajapati “to reach the Collectorate gate and watch on a particular motorbike after which Kumar was searched and the drugs were discovered in his belongings.”
Mishra was apprehended and sent out to judicial custody.
Further, the cops got a “confessional statement” from Mishra. “… without any worry or pressure I am accepting my criminal offense understanding that this will be produced in front of the court versus me … On March 3, I was passing by the Collectorate when I saw the authorities and I ran away. I was captured by the police and a search was performed and drugs were recuperated …,” the statement in the cops records stated.
On the other hand, Mishra’s sibling Nutan Mishra told the site, “It was an outright lie and we understood he was established. After a conversation with him we familiarized that a few cops workers had aimed a handgun at him on March 3, seeing which he escaped. Later, he was taken to the police headquarters and his bike was also taken … Suddenly after two hours he was informed that he being scheduled for ownership of drugs. The cops needs to have investigated before putting him in prison.”
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