As a part of ‘War on Drugs’ by the state government, Imphal East district police along with a column of 15 Assam Rifles have arrested nine poppy cultivators and destroyed a total of 247 acres of poppy plantations with market value of Rs 12,35,00,000 in January, 2022.
Imphal East Superintendent of police M Pradip Singh told the media in Imphal that 70 acres of poppy plantation at Aigejang hill range under the jurisdiction of Sagolmang police station were destroyed. The drive was carried out by a team of district police led by SDPO, Lamlai, Th Sudhir Singh along with two teams of commando, Imphal East district accompanied by two women police commando of Sagolmang and a column of 15 Assam Rifles, Chingarel led by captain Shobit and forest department under his supervision.
He said during the poppy destruction, two poppy cultivators namely Seiminlal Khongsai alias Hemin, 32, son of Lemseh Khongsai of Phajang, Peren district, Nagaland presently staying at Khamenlok village and Ipiesap Samding, 35, son of Haigen Samding of Phanjang, Peren district, Nagaland presently staying at Khamenlok village were arrested.
A case has been registered under ND and PS Act at Sagolmang police station for further investigation, he added.
He further said during the month of January, illicit poppy plantations at Champai hill range (12 acres), Chansang hill range (15 acres), Kongba Maru Hill range (10 acres), Maharani hill range (35 acres) and Aigijang hill range (70 acres) which falls under the jurisdiction of Sagolmang police station, Imphal East district have been destroyed by a combined team of Imphal East district police, forest department and Assam Rifles. Sagolmang police team have arrested six male cultivators and one female cultivator and altogether, five FIRs under ND and PS Act have been lodged for further investigation.
Furthermore, poppy plantation at K Henjang village (25 acres), Gamnom village hill range (45 acres), Mlonghlam village hill range (35 acres) which falls under the jurisdiction of Thoubal Dam police station, Imphal East have been destroyed and one female and one male cultivator were arrested. Altogether, three FIRs under ND and PS Act have been lodged at Thoubal Dam police station, said the senior police officer.
A total of 247 acres of illicit poppy plantations were destroyed in January with an approximate market value of Rs 12,35,00,000, he said. A total of nine illicit poppy cultivators were arrested and eight FIRs were lodged, he added.