Intensifying the drive against poppy plantation as a part of the war on drugs 2.0, the Manipur government has identified several more poppy fields in the hill districts of the state and procured drones for destroying them.
Chief Minister N Biren Singh said the state will soon deploy the drones which can spray herbicides to destroy poppy plantations.
Biren also said that aerial surveys are being carried out to identify areas where poppy cultivations are carried out.
“The state government has procured drones which can spray herbicides to destroy poppy plantations. Aerial surveys are also being carried out to identify the areas where poppy cultivations are carried out… The drones will be deployed soon for action,” Biren tweeted on Friday.
Intensifying the government’s war on drugs campaign, joint teams of security forces had recently destroyed several poppy fields across the state, particularly in some hill districts such as Kangpokpi, Noney and Churachandpur.
On Thursday (January 12, 2023), a combined team of security forces destroyed 30 acres of poppy plantation at Saheiphai which is located between Tuilelung and Pungpui Village in Churachandpur district. The poppy field was estimated to yield 120 kg of opium worth around Rs 1.5 crore, sources said.
The sources said that following inputs from the chief of Saikot village that some unknown individuals have illegally cultivated poppy plants in the village, a team of Churachandpur police led by additional SP (Ops), 1st IRB and SDO/SDM Saikot inspected the site at 9.30 am and destroyed around 30 acres of poppy field.
While the cultivators are yet to be identified, a case under FIR No 4(1)2023 CCP-PS u/s 18(c)/29 ND & PS Act has been registered for further investigation, the sources added.
On January 9, 2023, a security team destroyed four hectares of poppy field at T Khongmol Kuki Village, Nungba Sub Division Noney district on Monday.
“We destroyed at least 4 hectares of poppy plantations today at T Khongmol, Longpi Circle under Nungba Police Station in collaboration with different Government agencies including RNSOM,” said OC Nungba Police Station Nilamani Singh.
Legal action has been initiated against the chairman of T Khongmol and the cultivator respectively though both were out of station at the time of operation. Both will be dealt with according to the law of the land, he said.