Poppy destroyers begin to use drone

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Imphal: For the first time Kangpokpi district police started spraying of herbicides with the help of drone at a hill range, Mongjang village under Saikul police station, Kangpokpi on Monday.

A combined team of Kangpokpi district police, IRB, Manipur Rifles, Forest department, NAB and others conducted the poppy destruction drive at the hill range.

In a video post by chief minister N. Biren Singh, superintendent of police, Kangpokpi district, Th. Vikramjit said district police is using drone for spraying of herbicides in the poppy destruction drive on trial basis.

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He said the combined team is targeting to destroy around 25-30 acres of poppy plants cultivated in the area.

The video was uploaded with a caption “Pleased to see that security forces, teams of the forest department and officials of district administration, etc. are diligently carrying out the tasks of destroying poppy plantations with coordination at targeted areas.

Spraying of herbicides by using drone technology was also successfully carried out during a mass poppy destruction drive carried out at Mongjang village under Saikul Police Station in Kangpokpi district today.”

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On Tuesday chief minister uploaded another photo of poppy destruction done at Lhangsom village, Kangpokpi district. The caption of the photo read as “Around 15 acres of poppy plantations were destroyed at Lhangsom Village under Saikul Police Station in Kangpokpi district, Manipur today. The drive was carried out by around 273 officers and personnel of District Police Kangpokpi, MPTC, 5th IRB, 6 IRB, 1MR, Forest, NAB, and 22 AR of Saikul COB as a part of the state government’s War on Drugs 2.0 campaign. The destruction will continue till sunset.”

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