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Manipur crisis related to ‘War on Drugs’: CM N Biren Singh

Since the War on Drugs campaign was launched in the state, a total of around 19,135 acres of illegal poppy cultivation have been destroyed, and around 297 drug smugglers have been convicted, CM Biren said.

ByIFP Bureau

Updated 27 Jun 2024, 6:09 pm

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Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh said that the ongoing crisis is related to drugs and illegal poppy cultivation and that since the launch of ‘War on Drugs’ campaign in 2018 after the formation of BJP-led Manipur government, around 56 percent of poppy cultivated areas have been destroyed.

CM Biren was speaking during the observation of the “International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illegal Trafficking” held on Wednesday in front of the CM’s residence in Babupara, Imphal.

The CM said that the ‘War on Drugs,’ which was launched in 2018 and continues under Modi’s ‘Nasha Mukt Bharat,’ is the cause of the ongoing crisis in Manipur. The government will put much effort into eradicating the drug menace from Manipur, he added.

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Since the War on Drugs campaign was launched in the state, a total of around 19,135 acres of illegal poppy cultivation have been destroyed, and around 297 drug smugglers have been convicted, he added.
Responding to the media, Biren said the present crisis is related to the War on Drugs. He added that the observation is very important. Manipur was badly affected by drugs during the 1990s, and it was even included in the world map of HIV-affected areas, the CM said.

With efforts from the state police, Manipur Rifles, Indian Reserve Battalion, and central forces, the government has been able to reduce illegal poppy plantations in the remote areas of the hill districts. With support from civil society organizations, Meira Paibi, and others, many drug peddlers and smugglers have been arrested, he added.

According to official records, in 2021-2022, a total area of 28,598.91 acres of illegal poppy cultivation was detected. With the efforts of state police and central forces, the total area of poppy cultivation was reduced to 11,288.07 acres in 2023-2024.

In 2021-2022, Kangpokpi district was recorded as having the highest area of poppy cultivation, with 9,517.90 acres, followed by Churachandpur district with 6,688.61 acres. However, in 2023-2024, it was reduced to 4,320.70 acres in Kangpokpi district and 1,487.89 acres in Churachandpur district.
Biren flagged off a motorbike rally organized by Manipur Police on the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

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“Flagged off a bike rally in observation of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illegal Trafficking from my secretariat today,” the chief minister posted on Facebook.

“More than a hundred officers and security personnel, who are taking part in the rally, will carry the message of the importance of the War on Drugs and the fight against cross-border illegal trafficking into the state.”

“With support from the masses, the state government will remain committed to uprooting the drug menace from the state,” the CM stated.

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