Fresh forest area of 35 acres was found cleared and poppy seeds hidden a hut were burnt and destroyed by security forces during a survey conducted at Mapithel forest in Ukhrul district on Tuesday.
A team of personnel of the Ukhrul Police and the Narcotics and Affairs of Border (NAB) conducted the survey at Mapithel forest in Ukhrul district to prevent poppy cultivation as a part of War on Drugs 2.0.
During the survey, the team found 35 acres of fresh jungle cleared. The team suspected the field was kept ready for poppy cultivation. However, no cultivators were found during the survey.
"As a precautionary measure to prevent poppy plantations, Ukhrul Police & NAB has conducted a survey at Mapithel. During the survey it was observed that about 35 acres of fresh jungle have been cleared which is suspected to be kept ready for poppy cultivation," Biren tweeted on Tuesday.
Congratulating the Ukhrul SP and NAB team, the chief minister said the team destroyed 150 bags of salt, 70 bags of diamond fertilizers, 20 bags of urea and 7 bags of poppy seeds, which were found hidden inside a hut.
"It was also discovered that around 150 bags of salt, 70 bags of diamond fertilizers, 20 bags of urea and 7 bags of poppy seeds were found hidden inside a hut. The same has been destroyed and burned. During the survey no cultivators were found," the chief minister tweeted.