J&K Police launches special drive against illegal poppy cultivation

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Awantipora (Jammu and Kashmir): Jammu and Kashmir Police launched a special drive against illegal cultivation of poppy cultivation and destroyed a huge patch of poppy over a large area, an official statement said on Wednesday.

“To curb illegal cultivation of Opium poppy, Awantipora Police is making consistent efforts by way of enforcement operations. Today a special drive against illegal cultivation was launched and a huge patch of Poppy spread over a large area was destroyed at Padgampora and Sail areas of Police Station Awantipora,” it said.

The drive was led by special teams of Awantipora police headed by SDPO Mumtaz Ali Bhatti (JKPS), Tehsildar Awantipora Shakeel Ahmad and Mohammad Irfan Naib Tehsildar. Accordingly, seven cases were registered against accused persons under relevant sections of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act at Awantipora police station.

Awantipora Police has already advised all those who have cultivated poppy or any other Narcotic substances anywhere in the area, to destroy the same on their own, failing which they shall face strict action under the law.

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