Monday, November 28, 2022

Poppy plants on around 35 acres destroyed in Manipur


Authorities in Manipur have destroyed poppy plants cultivated on around 35 acres of reserved forest area in Kangpokpi district, officials said on Saturday.
A few days ago, the authorities had destroyed around 30 acres in the hill range of the same district.
The poppy cultivation was found at Koubru hill range near SP Ngaimun village inside Kanglatongbi-Kangpokpi Reserved Forest, range forest officer Ganesh of Kangpokpi Forest division said, in a statement on Saturday.
The destruction was a part of continuing drive against illegal poppy cultivation under the state government’s ‘War on drugs’, the range forest officer said. A total of 140 personnel of the combined team of state police, forest officials, narcotic and affairs of border (NAB) and Assam Rifles engaged in the destruction of the poppy plantations, he informed.
The poppy plantations were cultivated on 30-35 acres and actions against such illegal activities and poppy cultivation will continue, he added.
The range forest officer reiterated that trespassing and breaking up of land inside a reserved forest is against the law as laid down by Indian Forest Act, 1927.
Anybody found violating the law and encroaching into the reserved forest will be dealt with as per law, he added.
He reminded that “Besides the health implications, illegal poppy cultivation also has long lasting effects on ecological balance and if it goes unchecked,it will lead to irreparable damages, ultimately threatening our very own survival.”
On the other hand, chief minister N Biren Singh, in a Facebook post, wrote “Really shameless people, in spite of repeated requests and appeals, some people are still continuing with poppy (drugs) cultivation.”

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