Manipur cop Brinda Thounaojam to contest Assembly polls says joined politics to ‘change system’

Manipur, Oct 18: Brinda Thounaojam of the Manipur Police Service who is now of the rank of Additional Superintendent of Police declared that she would contest the forthcoming polls of the 12th Manipur Legislative Assembly.

It is expected that the Assembly election will be conducted next year as the term of the present BJP-led coalition Ministry ends on March 16, 2022.

Brinda is yet to submit her resignation, said she decided to enter politics to change the current system. “I could not discharge my duty at the executive level due to constant political interference,” she said, adding that her vision is to uplift the youth and poor people.

A brief altercation occurred near her residence at Yaiskhul Janmasthan after police stopped an election rally in support of Brinda. Cops said the move came after Brinda failed to produce papers showing that necessary permission has been taken for the rally.

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Brinda Thounaojam is the first police officer from the narcotics division in the history of Manipur to be have received a gallantry award.

The Manipur Chief Minister’s Police Medal was presented to her during an event held to celebrate the 71st Independence Day.

Brinda later returned the gallantry award in protest after the special Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) court in Manipur acquitted former ADC chairman of Chandel Lukhosei Zou and six others in a high profile drug haul case in 2018.