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3,675 kg of Ganja destroyed in M’pur
Published on 29 Mar. 2010 12:29 AM IST
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Over the past fifteen days, troops of Red Shield Division in its anti-narcotics drive in Churchandpur district have seized and destroyed 3,675kg of Ganja, 1.8 kg of opium, 10 grams of heroin and apprehended 23 individuals as part of anti narcotics campaign.
During a search operation in Thangjing ridge in the area of village New Kaprang troops of 16 Maratha LI and 46 Assam Rifles recovered approximately 1200 Kg of Ganja worth 35 lakhs from well concealed and camouflaged dugouts inside few isolated huts on the ridge.
The seized contraband was burnt in the presence of the NCB officials, police and local village chiefs at 16 Maratha LI HQ at Gothal on March 28. During the past, troops of this unit under Logtak Brigade have destroyed acres of standing Ganja and Poppy cultivation and burned down stored Ganja in Thangjing ridge and Henglep Sub Division.
As part of the Op Cannabis trail, carriers moving from Jiribam have been arrested with Ganja consignments and handed over to Churchandpur Police, since government anti drug units are unable to reach these remote areas.
According to a defence release, this anti narcotics campaign is being carried out to discourage villagers from being involved in this illegal activity and prevent innocent youth from falling prey to drug culture. Meetings with village chiefs and villagers are also being held to educate the society and to wean away the population from Ganja and poppy cultivation.
Village chiefs have promised army authorities that they would not allow cultivation and demanded strict legal against such cultivators. However, they urged the government to take up road projects to connect their villagers so that they could transport their agricultural produce to Churachandpur and Imphal.

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