PULWAMA The district administration Tuesday launched a crackdown against poppy cultivation in this south Kashmir district by arresting scores of farmers who were involved in illegal cultivation of poppy in their fields, officials said.
Special teams led by Executive Magistrates in all the eight Tehsils of the district today launched a major crackdown against the poppy cultivators, an official spokesperson said.
More than 100 arrest warrants were issued whereas most of the offenders were immediately arrested and sent to Correctional Home for seven days. The offenders have been arrested under section 107/151 of CrPC, the spokesperson
During the drive, poppy crop spread on 100 kanals of land in the horticultural fields and common land was also destroyed.
The drive is being supervised by District Magistrate Dr Syed Abid Rashid Shah, who reiterated his commitment of zero tolerance towards the individuals found involved in poppy cultivation.
Engaging in production, manufacturing, possession, sale, purchase, transportation, warehousing, concealment, use or consumption, import interstate, export interstate of such drugs/substances is illegal under law under section 18 of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act 1985.
Meanwhile, a team of revenue officials headed Tehsildar Rajpora, Rakib Ahmad Ganie escaped an attack by poppy cultivators in Sonasamil village, a local news agency reported.
The news agency reported that as soon as officials reached the poppy fields in Sonasamil village of Rajpora tehsil in Pulwama district, locals assembled and tried to attack the officials, who managed to escape unhurt from the spot.
Tehsildar Rajpora Rakib Ahmad Ganie told the news agency that a team of revenue officials were about poppy destruction drive in Sonasamil village when the poppy growers tried to thrash them.
We managed to escape from the spot, Ganie was quoted as saying.
Mobile phones of Patwari Nisar Ahmad and Junior Assistant Riyaz Ahmad Raina were damaged, he said, adding that we have compiled the names of all poppy growers and FIR will be launched against them under relevant sections of law.