Odisha Police out to destroy ganja cultivation

Cuttack: The Odisha Police have decided to intensify their mission to curb ganja cultivation in the remote areas of the state, said Additional Director General (ADG) of police, Crime Branch, BK Sharma on Friday.

“As against the target to destroy 3000 hectares of ganja crops last year, the state police have destroyed 3700 hectares of illicit ganja cultivation through satellite imagery. Steps have been taken to completely destroy this illicit cultivation which has proved to be the main economic backbone of the Maoists who are encouraging the tribals in the cut-off areas of the state for illegal cultivation of ganja,” Sharma told reporters after a high level meeting on curbing ganja cultivation in the state presided over by the Director General of Police (DGP) Sanjeev Marik at the State Police headquarters here.

He also said stern action would be taken against those who have resorted to illegal cultivation and trade of ganja.

Among others, secretary, Excise, Manoj Ahuja, senior scientist of Odisha Computer Application Centre (OCAC) DK Rao, Inspectors General (IGs)and Deputy Inspectors General (DIGs) of five ranges, Superintendents of police (SPs) of 10 districts and senior officials of the Forest department were present at the meeting.