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50 acres of poppy plantations destroyed; two village chiefs arrested

Manipur police destroyed about 50 acres of illegal poppy plantation in Chandel and Kangpokpi districts, seized 2.5 kilograms of opium (poppy juice).

ByIFP Bureau

Updated 6 Jan 2023, 4:09 am

(PHOTO: IFP)
(PHOTO: IFP)

Over the last two days, Manipur police destroyed about 50 acres of illegal poppy plantation in Chandel and Kangpokpi districts, seized 2.5 kilograms of opium (poppy juice) and arrested two village chiefs in a December 30 related case.

On Thursday, in follow up action to the poppy destruction drive conducted along the hill range of Sehjang village on December 30, 2022 by a combined team, Kangpokpi district police arrested two village chiefs.

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They have been identified as Satlal Khongsai, 57, son of Dempao Khongsai and Chief of S Saikot village, IT Road, Kangpokpi District and Satkhohao Kipgen, 36, son of Ngamthang Kipgen, Chief of Kholen village, 8 miles, Chawangkining, Kangpokpi District.

A case has been registered at Kangpokpi police station for further investigation and necessary legal action.
Meanwhile, a joint team of Chandel police, 8th Manipur Rifles, Leikun along with administrative support of 15 Assam Rifles of Khongtal COB on Thursday led by SDPO, Chandel under the supervision of superintendent of police Chandel district destroyed around 35 acres of illegal poppy plants at Kholmunlen and Khongtal area in Chakpikarong subdivision at Indo-Myanmar border.

During the destruction drive, poppy juice (Opium) weighing about 2.5 kilograms (approximately), packed in a plastic polythene was also recovered from a hut and more than 10 huts were also burnt down. The joint team has been camping at COB 15th AR Khongtal and the same will be continued till the task is completed.

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In another destruction drive, a combined team of district police, Kangpokpi, NAB, forest department and SDO Saikul carried out a poppy destruction drive at Pangjing village, Saikul, Kangpokpi district on Wednesday. During the drive around 15 acres of illegal poppy plants were destroyed.

A case has been registered at the concerned police station for further investigation.

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