Two MIT Students arrested for possession and distribution of marijuana2 min read
Manipal: Two students of Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) were arrested on Saturday night for the possession and distribution of illegal drugs. About 1.3kg of marijuana (ganja), a small digital weighing machine and small sachets of weed were seized from the Block VI, MIT Hostels where these students were staying.
The apprehended students are fourth year Mechanical Engineering students at MIT. “An insider from the college informed us about this and the hostel authorities informed the police and their room was raided,” said Col. Muthanna, Chief Security Officer of Manipal University. Both the students resided in the same room and sold the marijuana to other students. They have been suspended from the college until further notice.
Both the students have been remanded and kept under judicial custody for one month in Udupi District Jail. “The students were booked under Section 8(C) and 20(B) of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act of 1985 which is a non-bailable offence,” said Manipal Police Inspector HD Kulkarni. The accused will appear in front of the court again on September 8th, he added.
It is known that the two acquired the marijuana from Idukki district in Kerala. The weed obtained from their room is said to have an estimated market value of 30,000. “Taking into consideration the seriousness of this case, it is difficult for them to get bail. There is a possibility that many other students might also be involved in this case. We are investigating the case,” said Kulkarni.
A similar incident occured in December 2009 when Anubhav Shekhar, a fourth year MIT student was arrested for peddling charas to Manipal students. He did not get bail for about eight months, in spite of an appeal to the High Court.
Sub-edited by: Aditya Valiathan Pillai
Correction and Clarification: An earlier version of this story identified and named two students as per the official information received from the Manipal police at the time of the incident. After further verification, it was found that the said students were acquitted by the Court of Principal Sessions Judge, Udupi district in 2017. Hence, the report was edited and corrected thereafter.