A combined team of Kangpokpi Forest Division, District Police, Kangpokpi, and Imphal East destroyed illegally cultivated poppy in the hill ranges of T Khullen and Lhangsom villages under Saikul subdivision.
According to the Range Forest Officer/Headquarters, Kangpokpi Forest Division, the poppy destruction teams were led by Range Forest Officer, Kangpokpi Range at T Khullen where a total of 3.5 hectares was destroyed while 17 hectares area was cleared of illegal poppy cultivation at Lhangsom hill ranges.
Along with poppy plants, huts and items found in the huts used in poppy cultivation were all destroyed by the teams.
The efforts to eradicate poppy from the state with such drives shall continue in other poppy-cultivated areas of the state, the RFO added.
The RFO/Headquarters, Kangpokpi Forest Division reiterated that breaking up of land for non-forestry purposes in notified forests of the country is a violation of rules laid down by the Indian Forest Act,1927 read with Manipur Forest Rules,2021.
The Divisional Forest Officer, Kangpokpi Forest Division already issued warning to those indulging in such acts who will be dealt with severely as per law.