NAB identifies Poppy cultivated villages, cautions Poppy cultivators, summons village chief

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Imphal: Immediate action will be taken if Narcotics and Affairs on Border (NAB) detects any sign of poppy cultivation, NAB superintendent K. Meghachandra said stating that satellite mapping including ground survey to detect poppy cultivation has almost completed.

NAB has identified most of the poppy cultivated villages and summoned a village chief, Meghachandra told reporters at the conference hall of Imphal West Police on Tuesday.

Sangaikot Police station on Monday summoned Ngamthang Haokip, chief of S. Gelbung village after detection of poppy plantation by a technical survey based on drone/MARSAC mapping carried out in Sangaikot sub-division area.

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Inspector Thangpu Kipgen, Sangaikot Police station officer-in-charge, as per section 67 of ND and PS Act, the village chief was directed to appear before him on Thursday At 11 00 am, failing which legal action will be initiated against him.

Meghachandra said with the help of Advance Data Processing Research Institute (ADRIN) under ISRO, NAB with satellite mapping and ground survey has identified almost all the suspected area for poppy cultivation having past records in most of the districts of Manipur.

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He said under section 47 ND and PS Act any person will be taken as connivance and strict action will be taken who hide information of poppy cultivation intentionally from the concerned officials. And under section 28 of ND and PS Act preparation of poppy cultivation will be taken as commission of the crime and will be taken action under the said Act.

He appealed the general public to cooperate with NAB to root out Poppy cultivation, and to come forward to avail the opportunity initiated by the state government as alternative to Poppy cultivation.

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Meghachandra said under War on Drugs 2.0 the number of bailed out in connection with drug related cases has been drastically decreased while case disposal has been increased.

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