Mnp police begin destruction of poppy plants

Mnp police begin destruction of poppy plants
Correspondent IMPHAL, Nov 21 | Publish Date: 11/21/2020 11:57:46 AM IST

Manipur police on Saturday announced an intensified drive against poppy cultivation this year while informing commencement of the drive on Friday.

The state also warned legal action against derogatory remarks, particularly inciting communal tension against its drive through social media networks, informing registration of two FIR cases in this regard.

Addressing a press conference here, Manipur police IGP (intelligence) K Radhashyam informed that the poppy plant destruction drive of the state police begun on Friday.

On the first day of the drive, police assisted by state and Central security forces and district administration began the destruction of poppy fields from Churachandpur district.

“The state police are all set to begin the mass drive of destruction across the state. The drive is to be done with coordination of the state and Central security force like the Assam Rifles,” he said.

The state police have also identified poppy cultivation areas in the state with the help of satellite imagery and ground survey and chalked out plans for the intensified drive.

Apart from the state force, the army and Assam Rifles will also be involved in the drive conducted by the state police department with NCB (Narcotic Control Bureau) of Union ministry of home affairs as nodal agency.

The IGP said that the state police with the coordination of security agencies and district administrations will conduct the drive on war footing as a part of government’s “war on drugs”.

He claimed that in the previous crop year 2019-20, poppy plants in a total of 2,300 acre were destroyed.

Meanwhile, the police took note of the derogatory comments on social media, particularly Facebook and whatsapp against the drive as most of comments were posted with communal tone.

Two FIRs have been filed against such posts, the IGP informed and cautioned against indulging in such activities.

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