Rs 30 lakh approved for damage of marijuana plants throughout State- The New Indian Express

BHUBANESWAR: Excise department has actually approved ’30 lakh to Special Task Force (STF) of Odisha Crime Branch for ruining growing of marijuana on big systems of land in the State.
The loan was approved after a multi-departmental conference of Excise Department, STF, Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), that was held a couple of days back to go over about damage of marijuana growing throughout the State.“The amount has been sanctioned to STF IG, who along with excise sleuths, forest department officers, will jointly conduct the operation to destroy cultivation of cannabis in the State,”Crime Branch ADG Santosh Kumar Upadhyay informed The Express.

“I have directed the SPs and DIGs of the districts where cannabis cultivation is rampant to undertake a joint operation,” he included. The joint operation will be carried out in Angul, Rayagada, Boudh, Deogarh, Kandhamal and Malkangiri besides a couple of other districts, he included.There has actually been a quick boost in marijuana growing in sloping locations of the State as need for the weed amongst inter-state drug traffickers has actually increased significantly, stated sources. According to the information of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), Bhubaneswar, over 2457 acres of marijuana growing was damaged in 2015-16 however that might not stop prohibited practice as around marijuana on almost 4000 acres was damaged in 2016-17

“About 2400 acres of cannabis cultivation in Kandhamal district, 700 acres in Rayagada district, 300 acres in Gajapati district, 100 acres in Malkangiri district, was destroyed in the 2016-17,” a NCB officer stated.
Police sources stated, the need for cannabis filled cigarettes amongst the youth has actually increased with simple schedule of the contraband offered under the guise of other organisations.

“Odisha is one of the largest cannabis producing states in the country. Traders from Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka purchase the contraband from here and transport it to their respective states,” a policeman stated. On Friday, cops had actually apprehended 3 individuals, consisting of 2 homeowners of Atti Nagar in Bengaluru for trading in marijuana. Police had actually recuperated 40 kg marijuana from their ownership besides ‘70,000 STF officers asserted that they have actually currently damaged about 200 acres of marijuana growing in Gajapati and Angul districts in 2017.OdishaSpace Applications Centre (ORSAC) will supply the firms satellite pictures of the lands in the State where growing of marijuana is being performed.

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Rs 30 lakh sanctioned for destruction of cannabis plants across State- The New Indian Express