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Poppy Plantations Ravaged In Chandel

IMPHAL, Feb 13: In order to give a severe blow to the main source of income of funding of VBIGs and save the society from harmful effects of drugs, troops of 8 Assam Rifles of 26 Sector carried out joint operation along with personnel of Narcotics bureau for destruction of illegal poppy plantation in the remote and inaccessible area of various ridges in Chandel district, along the Indo-Myanmar border, informed a PRO IGAR (S) release.

The troops burned and hacked down the poppy cultivation in Chapkikarong sub-division area of Chandel district.

Approximately 414 hectares of poppy cultivation amounting to Rs 6 crores was destroyed in situ in a week long campaign by the unit, maintained the PRO release.

As per Narcotics representative, the net value in Imphal of poppy destroyed is 10-12 times more than what it is now valued in the fields of the remote area, the release stated adding that the cost further increases multi-folds in geometric progression in international market.

Conveying that the poppy destruction campaign was highly appreciated by the locals especially the women organizations of the area, the PRO further expressed that such campaign would go a long way in making Manipur State a drug free zone and help free a large number of youth from the clutches of drug abuse as well as expedite overall development.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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