Illegal poppy plantation being destroyed in Kangpokpi district of Manipur on Wednesday

Imphal: Following the announcement of the ‘War on Drugs’ campaign for a drug-free society by Chief Minister N Biren Singh-led government, the anti-drug movement in Manipur has been taken up on a war footing.

As part of the government’s initiative, a combined force of Narcotics and Affairs of Border, Kangpokpi District Police, Forest Department, 22 Assam Rifles Motbung Post conducted a poppy plantation destruction drive along Charkot Hill Range at Lamlan, Kangpokpi District, on Wednesday.

A huge number of personnel of the combined team are engaged in the destruction of poppy plantations in the area, said DSP, Saparmeina L Sheimang Khongsai, while adding that the drive is a continued effort as part of the ‘War on Drugs’ initiative.

He said for the day, the team is destroying poppy plantations at three locations along the said range and by the end of the day, the team would have destroyed around 20 acres of poppy plantation. It may be mentioned that an FIR has also been lodged in connection with the poppy plantation.  

Earlier, Tumuyon Khullen village in Senapati district had destroyed poppy fields measuring around 10 hectares with crop worth approximately Rs 45 to Rs 50 crore as per the local residents.

The villagers had also submitted a representation on the destruction of poppy plantation to the chief minister while assuring their continued support to the state government in its war on drugs.

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