An opium field in Neemuch district
An opium field in Neemuch district
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Neemuch (Madhya Pradesh): Special Judge Vivek Kumar on Tuesday sentenced a 21-year-old man to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment and slapped a fine of Rs 100000 for smuggling 6.2 kilograms of opium under NDPS Act.

Sardar, 21, resident Saundhiya Sindpan in Mandsaur district, has been convicted in the case.

Public Prosecutor Manish Joshi said incident took place 4 years back on August 31, 2017 at 11 pm. Sub Inspector at Neemuch City police station Sumit Mishra said police received information that two persons named Sardar and Rajendra on motorcycle were on way to sell opium to smugglers of Rajasthan near Hotel Sarvodaya located on the bypass four-lane.

On the basis of information, police force set up barricades. They saw 3 persons coming on motorcycle out of which one person jumped from motorcycle and fled after seeing the police.

As a result, motorcycle fell and police arrested remaining two persons. When questioned, they revealed names of Sardar Bhil and Rajendra Nayak. During search, over 6 kilograms of opium was found in a plastic bag in dickey of bike, which was confiscated.

A case was registered under the NDPS Act. During the investigation, accused Ashish Sutar was arrested and after completing the remaining investigation, the charge sheet was presented in special court. During trial, one of the accused, Rajendra Nayak fled. The trial went on against remaining accused.

Ashish Sutar was acquitted as he was not found guilty. Accused Sardar was sentenced to rigorous imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of Rs 100000 for smuggling 6.2 kg of opium.

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