Mangaluru, Jan 24: Law and forensic experts on Tuesday questioned the manner of police investigation into drug cases involving some doctors and medical students.

Addressing reporters here, Mangaluru Bar Association vice president Manoraj Rajeeva alleged that the law enforcing agencies have not dealt with the cases in a fair manner.

While making it clear that he is against drug peddling and consumption, Rajeeva said as per Section 64 (a) of the 1985 NDPS Act, those who have consumed drugs have exemption from legal action.

It is not necessary to send them to judicial custody if they are willing to go to rehabilitation centres, he said and wondered why the police did not take a step in this direction.

He also questioned the police department action of providing the photographs of the accused to the media.

Rajeeva said such acts not only affect the families of the accused, but also Brand Mangaluru' and the image of the medical education institutions in and around the city.

He demanded that the cases be probed by the High Court or Central agencies like CBI. He also said High Court will be approached in this case.

Professor and forensic expert Dr Mahabalesh Shetty, who was also present, said though screen tests are positive that does not confirm drug consumption.

Samples have to be confirmed by sending them to Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) and Consolidated Forensic Laboratory (CFL) tests within 24 hours, sometimes even passive smoking gives positive results, he said.

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Tumakuru (K'taka), Feb 6: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited's helicopter factory -- the country's largest chopper manufacturing facility -- in Tumakuru district of Karnataka.

Bengaluru-headquartered HAL plans to produce more than 1,000 helicopters in the range of 3-15 tonne with a total business of more than Rs 4 lakh crore over a period of 20 years at this facility in Gubbi taluk, officials said.

The factory, spread across 615 acres for which the Prime Minister laid the foundation stone in 2016, would initially manufacture Light Utility Helicopters (LUH)).

It will enable India to meet its entire requirement of helicopters without import and giving much-needed fillip to the Prime Minister's vision of 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat' in helicopter design, development, and manufacture, they said.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and senior officials of Ministry of Defence were among those present on the occasion.

"It is a dedicated new greenfield helicopter factory which will enhance India's capacity and ecosystem to build helicopters," Singh said.
Assembly polls in Karnataka are due by May.

PM Modi unveiled the LUH, which has been flight tested. The LUH is an indigenously designed and developed three-tonne class, single-engine multipurpose utility helicopter. Initially, the factory will produce around 30 helicopters per year and can be enhanced to 60 and then 90 every year in a phased manner, according to the Defence Ministry.

The factory will be augmented to produce other helicopters such as Light Combat Helicopters (LCHs) and Indian Multirole Helicopters (IMRHs). It will also be used for maintenance, repair and overhaul of LCH, LUH, Civil Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) and IMRH in the future.

Potential exports of civil LUH will also be catered to from this factory, which is being equipped with state-of-the-art Industry 4.0 standard tools and techniques for its operations, officials said.

The proximity of the factory, with the existing HAL facilities in Bengaluru, will boost the aerospace manufacturing ecosystem in the region and support skill and infrastructure development such as schools, colleges and residential areas, it was noted.

The factory is fully operational after the establishment of facilities like heli-runway, flight hangar, final assembly hangar, structure assembly hangar, air traffic control and various supporting service facilities, officials said.