Odisha: Constable gets 10 years’ jail in ganja smuggling case

Malkangiri: A police constable was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment in a ganja smuggling case that took place in Malkangiri district of Odisha last year. The judgement was pronounced by a special cum sessions court here on Tuesday.

As per reports, the accused Sanjib Hira was caught while transporting the contraband in the district. On January 22 last year, Hira was going on his four-wheeler with eight quintal ganja from MV-7 village towards Chitrakonda when he was intercepted and arrested by then Excise inspector Ganga Paikray when the latter was patrolling at Potrel Chhak.

After considering the witnesses and other evidences, the special cum sessions judge Ajanta Sarangi found Hira guilty in a hearing on Wednesday and sentenced him to 10 years of imprisonment. Hira was also slapped with a fine of Rs 1 lakh, which if he fails to pay would attract penalty. The case was being led by investigating officer ASI S Jaga Rao.

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