Destruction of illegal poppy cultivation continues in Manipur

Kangpokpi: Destruction of illegal poppy cultivation continues in the hill ranges of Kangpokpi district of Manipur.

The drive clearing illegal poppy cultivation was carried out by a team comprising of 133 men, including 33 Forest personnel from Kangpokpi and Senapati Forest Divisions along with district police of Kangpokpi and Imphal East districts, according to an official statement.

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Today, a team led by Range Forest Officer (RFO), Kangpokpi Range cleared 13 hectares of illegal poppy cultivation at T. Khonomphai hill range in Champhai Sub-Division, the official statement said.

Meanwhile, an additional 3 hectares of illegal poppy cultivation was also cleared by a team of district police at Aigejang hill range in Saikul Sub-Division. The team also removed one illegally erected hut at the location, the statement added.

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It may be mentioned that on January 19, the same team had cleared 8 hectares of illegal poppy cultivation at T. Khonomphai hill ranges in Champhai Sub-Division. The Forest team was led by N. Ganesh, DFO Kangpokpi, while the police team was led by Abul Kalam, Additional SP, Kangpokpi. 

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