982 Kanals of Poppy cultivation destroyed in Kashmir in 46 days: Excise Commissioner, J&K

Carried Poppy destruction drive in south Kashmir

Srinagar, May 17  : Excise department J&K along with Revenue and Police authorities carried out the Poppy destruction drive at village Dupatyar falling in tehsil Bijbehara of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

The Poppy destruction drive according to news agency Kashmir Dot Com was carried out under the overall Supervision of Excise Commissioner J & K, Pankaj Kumar Sharma in presence of Tazayun Mukhtar Dy Excise Commissioner (Executive) Kashmir and assisted by ETO South Kashmir Range (Anantnag-Pulwama-Shopian-Kulgam) Hamid Ganaie, Tehsildar Bijbehara G.R Bhat, ETO central Kashmir Shamsuduha, ETO North Kashmir Showket Bahar and other Officials of Excise, Revenue and Police.

Men and machinery of Excise department was in place and destruction drive was carried out in presence of Executive Magistrate/Revenue Officer. Around 3  Kanals & 10 Marlas of illicit Cultivationin discrete Patches  was destroyed on spot.

Speaking with the media persons, Excise Commissioner J&K, Pankaj Kumar Sharma said that Excise Department along with other Law Enforcement agencies have  destroyed as many as 982 Kanals and 16 marlas of Poppy Cultivation in Kashmir valley so far since April 2023 to till date  721 Kanals and 2 Marlas of Poppy cultivation has been destroyed alone in four districts of South Kashmir viz; Anantnag, Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam against which 18 FIR stands registered during this period.

The Excise Commissioner said that Excise department along with other Law Enforcement agencies are working at fore front in combating /Containing the menace of illicit cultivation of poppy and cannabis at ground level.

The Excise Commissioner also awoed to take the struggle against narcotic crops to its logical conclusion. “The Excise department is actively involved in awareness programs at large scale and has organized many drug awareness programs at college, school, block, village level, involved religious scholars particularly imams and khateebs during the Friday prayers,” the officer said adding that the people of the vicinity hailed the efforts of Excise department, revenue authorities, Police Officials and media fraternity during the Poppy eradication drive.

The Commissioner further said we will keep the momentum of such drives in full pace. Moreover the Poppy destruction was simultaneously being carried out in villages Durhama, K.B pora Chcha mohalla of district Kulgam and in village sugan of district Shopian respectively where more than thirty kanals of illicit Poppy cultivation was destroyed jointly by excise, revenue authorities along with other stake holders.  (KDC)

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