DC Kulgam tightens noose against poppy cultivators

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KULGAM: To eradicate the menace of poppy/bhang cultivation in district Kulgam, Deputy Commissioner, Dr Syed Abid Rasheed today chaired a meeting with the officers of Excise & Taxation and Revenue departments.

While chairing the meeting, the DC stressed upon the Executive Magistrates (Tehsildars) to swing into action to destroy the poppy cultivation, if any. It was decided in the meeting that a joint team of Revenue, Police and Excise departments shall be constituted to ensure destroying of poppy crop in district Kulgam.

It was given out in the meeting that Excise Department has already identified some areas in Kulgam Tehsil where poppy cultivation is done on commercial scale which is against the NDPS Act.

The DC called for a stringent action against those who cultivate poppy and other narcotic drugs. Pertinent to mention here, that recently PSA was slapped against a drug trafficker.

It is pertinent to mention that under Section 15 of the Act, the production, process and transformation of poppy is completely prohibited and the one who indulges in such activity is liable to a rigorous imprisonment for six months and a fine of Rs 10000.

The meeting was further informed that public notices have been already issued to inform the people about the illegality of the poppy cultivation. In this regard, the revenue authorities have been impressed upon to engage local panchayat bodies to dealt with the menace. Besides, the religious leaders have been requested to dissuade people about the hazards of cultivation of poppy.

The meeting was attended by SP Kulgam, ADC, ACR, ETO and all Tehsildars.

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