2 arrested village chiefs revealed of taking up Poppy cultivation under Militant outfits’ pressure: Biren

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Imphal: Manipur government come to know about the cultivation of Poppy in the state under pressure and collection of tax by some militant outfits under Suspension of Operation (SoO), as revealed by two village chiefs arrested by the police, chief minister N. Biren Singh said on Saturday.

“Drone surveys are being carried out to check poppy plantations at certain interior areas. Steps has been taken up to destroy the poppy plantations, by deploying a combined team consisting of personnel of Manipur Police and Narcotics and Affairs of Border,” Biren said.

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Biren was talking to reporters during his visit at Bishnupur district.

He appealed to those poppy planters to immediately stop such activities, stating that the state government does not want to take harsh action against them.

“Under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, the government can confiscate even the property of drug dealers and poppy planters. The government does not want to go that far,” the chief minister said.

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Biren reiterated the Union Home minister Amit Shah’s appreciation of the state government’s War on Drugs Campaign and the alternative crop plantation initiatives taken up by the government.

He said the state government has been providing awareness to different villages at hill areas regarding the ill effects of poppy plantations and the alternative livelihood measures taken up by the government.

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