Imphal: Area of poppy cultivation in Manipur could be about 15,000 to 20,000 acres in a year, said superintendent of police K.Meghachandra said after destruction of 3,000 acres of poppy plants at K Hengjang hill range, Kangpokpi district on Monday.
The destruction of poppy cultivation was carried out by a combined team of Manipur police along with Assam Rifles, Indian Reserved Battalion and a team of Narcotics and Affairs of Border (NAB) led by DIG Range-I Themthing Ngasangva and superintendent of police (NAB) Meghachandra.
The police department has been calculating that poppy plants are being cultivated at about 4,000 to 5,000 acres in a year. However, after the poppy plant destruction at K Henjang hill range poppy plants it is calculated that te cultivated area could be around 15,000 to 20,000 acres in a year, Meghachandra said.
The survey of the drive had started earlier on September in almost all the entire areas of Saikul and Kangpokpi area, he added.
If the momentum of poppy destruction drive continues, almost the entire poppy plantation in the state could be destroyed, the senior officer said.
“NAB will be continuing poppy plants destruction drive and whoever involved in the plantation will be booked, be it village chief,” he added.
During the drive at the hill range about 10 acres of poppy plants were found in flowering stage and others were yet to reach the stage. As most of the plants were small, another operation will be conducted at the same spot so that of poppy plants are left out from destruction, Meghachandra said.
K Hengjang hill range is located about 2 kilometres away from B Gamnom village, Kangpokpi district.