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Arunachal Pradesh: 200 hectares of illegal poppy plantations destroyed in Namsai

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The Narcotic Cell of Excise Department, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh along with the Central Bureau of Narcotics and District Administration, launched an poppy plantations destruction drive  and around 200 hectares of illegal poppy plantation  fields were destroyed on Monday at various locations in Namsai district.

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The drive against illicit poppy plantation came in few days after State Governor Brig (Retd) Dr B D Mishra during recent visit to Lohit and Namsai districts had expressed serious concern over the “alarming” drug situation in parts of eastern Arunachal Pradesh which according to Brig Mishra was “destroying the whole society”.

The Anti-opium operation will be carried out in other  district also said an official of the team .

Arunachal Pradesh: 200 hectares of illegal poppy plantations destroyed in Namsai

It must be mentioned here that total of poppy crops fields destroyed in the country during 2014-15 the State’s share accounted for 44%, and 767 tonnes of illegal opium was produced by the State during that period.

It must be  mention here that the quantum of drugs addiction/abuse is rising more than 200% since last five years in the eastern districts of Arunachal Pradesh, specially in Lohit, Namsai, Anjaw, Longding and Tirap,” .

The Anti-opium operation will be carried out in other  district also said an official of the team .  The  level of illegal poppy plantation has drastically increased in these districts since last two years.

On the other hand  a coordination meeting convened at the Lohit deputy commissioner’s conference hall here on Monday to find ways and means to combat opium cultivation in the district. In the meeting it was decided that the  destruction of a few opium growers’ livelihood was nothing compared to the overall wellbeing of the society.

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