Phulbani:11/12/17; Police and excise department officials today destroyed about 93,000 hemp plants during a raid at Tilakpadi village under Kelapada gram panchayat in Odisha’s Kandhamal district.
The hemp cultivation worth Rs 10 crore in the open market has been wiped out, said Additional Tehsildar Phiringia Tehsil, Bijay Kumar Pradhan
Nobody was arrested in this connection, police said, adding, a case has been registered at Phiringia police station.
The enforcement squad of excise and police have consigned to flames cannabis crops cultivated IN 30 acre patches since past four days under Phiringia police station jurisdiction.
About three lakh ganja plants which were either burnt or uprooted were fully-grown and were ripe for harvesting. The destroyed ganja cultivation is valued at Rs.29 crores, enforcement squads officials said.
Raids will continue to make the district free of illicit ganja trade. According to satellite imagery report, about 450 acres of land in Kandhamal district are still under illegal ganja cultivation