War on Drugs: Ukhrul authorities destroy poppy fields

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Ukhrul Times

Ukhrul: A joint team of Ukhrul Police, 35 Assam Rifles, Forest Department, 6th Manipur Rifles on Wednesday carried out destruction of poppy cultivation at Tora Champhung hill range of Ukhrul District, Manipur.

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Sources informed that “the joint team destroyed around 20 hectares of illicit poppy plantation at Tora Champhung hill range. All infrastructure such as hut, pipelines have been destroyed. Around 25 huts burned to the ground. Flowering poppy destroyed by using sticks and knife.”

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Giving a taste of their own medicine, the team sprayed “Roundup Herbicides” on the sprouting poppy. Roundup is the brand name for an herbicide containing the active ingredient glyphosate. Glyphosate is a nonselective weed killer, meaning it can kill most plants on contact within days or weeks. Poppy cultivators usually apply glyphosate by spraying the large areas before cultivating poppy in large scale.

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The Assam Rifles and Ukhrul Police along with other concerned department have carried out extensive survey before carrying out the destruction of poppy cultivation.

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