Manipur police seizes 20 kg poppy seeds from two persons
IMPHAL: Manipur police seized 20 kilogram of poppy seeds and four Myanmar-made Kenbo bikes from the possession of two individuals from a village in Kangpokpi district during an operation.
This was informed by the state Chief Minister N Biren Singh while speaking to reporters on Friday evening.
Singh said two persons — Ngamginsei Singson(20) of Theljang and Lelen Khongsai(32) — of Tuibong, both presently staying at Boljang village under Lhungtin subdivision, were arrested during a search operation.
During the operation, security forces recovered four Kenbo bikes (without registration number),two single barrel guns and 20.27kg of poppy seeds.
On spot verification, both Ngamginsei and Lelen said they are actively involved in poppy cultivation in the village.
It came to know from preliminary investigation that the village chief and other villagers of Old Boljang village have been indulging in poppy cultivation in the adjoining hill ranges that fall under unclassified forest for a few years and it was not included in the revenue of the village. Efforts are being made to arrest the village chief and others involved in the cultivation, financing and illicit trade of opium, it was informed.
Considering the seizure as a serious case, Biren Singh said, “I take it as a challenge because in spite of repeated requests and repeated destruction of poppy plantations, some groups are intentionally doing it and targeting the innocent people of the state and innocent people of the country.”
“So the government takes it very seriously. We will deal with it firmly as per law,” he said.
He also appealed to all those involved in poppy plantation and illegal drug business to shun all such activities considering the destructive effects of these acts on the society. He further warned of stronger actions against anyone found involved in these illegal actions.
‘The War on Drugs campaign is moving in the right direction with the support of the people, CSOs, village chiefs, MLAs, ministers among others,’ he said and further appreciated the Manipur Police and Forest department for their active involvement in the campaign.