IFP Editorial: The shift of poppy cultivation in areas of Manipur could have been a direct fallout of the diminishing trend in the Golden Triangle and Myanmar. Yet, if all of the hills are under poppy cultivation, it would only be a tiny fraction of the global drug production.
A combined team of Manipur police destroyed around 40 acres of poppy plants at Tolhang hill range under the jurisdiction of Machi police station on Monday.
A joint team of Churachandpur District Police along with NAB, 1st IRB and district administration destroyed approximately 10 acres of poppy cultivated lands on Wednesday.
Manipur police have destroyed 1947 acres of illegal poppy cultivation at various hill districts of Manipur this crop year.
It is for the first time in the history of War against Drugs in Manipur that a village chief with its village authority destroyed such huge acres of poppy plantation voluntarily without the participation of the state police and other authorities concerned.
Manipur government, village chiefs hold meet on lemongrass as alternative to poppy cultivation.
The appeal was made by the state police department to the village chiefs during an extensive meeting held at the police headquarters (PHQ) in Imphal on Tuesday.