Manipur Police destroyed 4305.1 acres of illegal poppy cultivation in 2022-23, as per report from the state police. Destruction of poppy plantations was initiated as a part of the state government's 'War on Drugs' mission in order to root out drugs for a drug-free Manipur as per report.
Manipur police department have destroyed 787.3 acres of poppy cultivation since January to till March 30, 2023 and similar drives will continue to destroy more poppy plantations.
According to a report from Manipur police, in the year 2022-23, the state police department carried out the destruction of poppy plantations in various districts of Manipur and destroyed 4305.1 acres of illegal poppy cultivation.
From 2017-2022, drugs worth Rs 317.97 crore were seized while in 2022-2023, drugs worth Rs 136.93 crores were seized.
And as per the Manipur Police report, between 2017-2022, around 14,359.4 acres of poppy cultivation were destroyed and 20 acres of Cannabis cultivation was destroyed too. And during the same period, 1,960 persons (1,594 males and 366 females) were arrested with 720 persons (582 males and 138 females) arrested in 2022.
Then, in 2022, drugs worth Rs 122.78 crore were seized, 625 persons (512 males and 113 females) arrested and 3,517.8 acres of poppy cultivation destroyed.
In 2023 till March 30, drugs worth Rs 25.36 crore were seized, 165 persons (132 males and 33 females) were arrested in 175 cases and 787.3 acres of poppy cultivation were destroyed, as per the police record.
Moreover, under the BJP government, 116 persons have been detained under PIT NDPS Act. During the period from January 1, 2020 and till date, 80 people, including 16 village chiefs, 62 cultivators and two Investors were arrested. During the period from 2017 till date, 44 persons were convicted in 28 cases.
The Manipur government also destroyed a total area of 212 acres of poppy cultivation by using drones and spraying herbicides in Kangpokpi, Chandel and Churachandpur districts.