A huge cache of “Respifed” Tablet strips manufactured by Cipla Company was found buried at Kairembikhok Awang Leikai under Thoubal District. The discovery was made when local residents were digging the slopes in preparation for agricultural activities. Respifed tablets were banned in the state following its widespread abuse as a recreational drug.
Surchand Usham, Secretary General of Kairembikhok Students’ Union and Club (KSUC) issued a signed statement which said that the tablets were found cut up with the covers buried and that the particular tablets, manufactured by Cipla were used as drugs as its main composition is Pseudoephedrine. The statement further added that the development is unfortunate as the clubs and other social organisations in the area are starting to impose a ban on the sale and consumption of intoxicating substances like liquor, tobacco etc, and that this finding indicates the existence of a member of a huge drug racket in the area. The release also reflects the decision of KSUC to initiate an investigation with the assistance of concern departments, and that a public meeting has been planned in the afternoon of 7 February at Kairembikhok Mayai Leikai Community Hall in collaboration with Coalition Against Drugs and Alcohol (CADA),Manipur. the ongoing steps to prevent the sale and abuse of narcotics and other intoxicating substances in the area will be intensified, the statement added.