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Drive To Destroy Cannabis Plantations Succeeds


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PARALAKHEMUNDI - Acting on the order of the district collector, Mr DV Swamy, the excise department staff, along with support of the police launched a massive drive to destroy cannabis plantations in the Mohona block of Gajapati. The drive has been successful and the police and the excise department have managed to destroy 58,800 plants of various sizes, the cost of which is stated to be around Rs 1.5 crore in the market.

According to the excise department sources, the raids were conducted from early morning and it took more than eight labourers to cut down the cannabis, trees most of them in the full grown stage.

The excise department staff, numbering around 30 along with two platoons of armed police force were involved in this massive destruction exercise. The raids were conducted in the villages of Murdamulli, Panaguda and Juba and the entire plantation spread out over 40 acres of land. Not a single men folk was present in the villages when the police forces descended on them, after travelling more than 15 km in the deep forests and mountains.

The excise superintendent Mr Lokanath Mandia, the excise inspector, Mr Damburu Dhara Gantayet, the OIC, Mr Mohona Ram Chandra Thamba, the in-charge of the Chandragiri outpost Mr Abhimanyu Parida led the squads This is the first time, this year that the excise department has executed this raid, as there were numerous intelligence reports, indicating the farming of hemps in various parts of Gajapati. According to their own confession, today's destruction was only the tip of the iceberg, as it is estimated that not less than 10 crore of cannabis plantation is carried out in different parts of this tribal dominated district.

Source: Statesman, The (India)
Copyright: 2007 The Statesman
Contact: thestatesman@vsnl.com
Website: The Statesman
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