Poppy cultivator arrested, poppy of 176 acres destroyed

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Imphal: A combined team of Imphal East police assisted by NAB, Forest department officials, 4th AR along with executive magistrate, Saikul, Kangpokpi district conducted a poppy destruction drive in Aigejang Hill Range, on Friday.

During the drive, about seven acres of poppy plantations were destroyed. On the same day at around 11:10 pm one Letsei Baite (57) son of Thongsei Baite was arrested from Aigejang village for cultivating the poppy illegally in the village land area.

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A case has been registered at Sagolmang police station in this regard.

On Saturday, in continuation of destruction of illegal poppy plantation at Saikul area, a combined team of Kangpokpi police, 2nd MR, 6IRB, NAB, MPTC and Forest department in presence of SDO-Lungtin destroyed about 25 acres of poppy plantation during the drive at Puleijang hill range under Saikul police station.

On this day, a combined team consisting of Churachandpur police, 1 IRB, 2 IRB, NAB, and Forest department carried out destruction drive of illegal poppy plantation at Haopi Mollen village and destroyed poppy plantation of an area measuring 74 acres.

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The team also reported that an area of about 30 acres was destroyed by the villagers themselves under their initiatives. In this regard a regular FIR is taken up for investigation.

On the same day, a combined team consisting of Chandel District Police, Thoubal District Police, Kakching District Police, NAB and Chandel District Forest led by SDPO, Chandel conducted poppy destruction drive at Phaisi area in Chakpikrong sub-division, Chandel district.

During the drive about 70 acres of illegal poppy cultivation were destroyed and 14 huts made for poppy cultivation were also burnt down.

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The destruction drive will continue against illegal poppy cultivation, said a report.

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