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Ganja worth lakhs destroyed

Imphal, June 28: Police destroyed 4,110kg of ganja, valued at Rs 20 lakh in the local market, in Imphal East today.

A joint team of Manipur police and the Narcotics and Affairs of Borders, led by deputy inspector-general of police (Range IV) Kh. Chandramani Singh, burnt the contraband at the foothills of Khangla Haobiching. The police said the ganja was seized by the NAB and the police in 32 cases from 1997 till 2013.

Chandramani Singh said the ganja was destroyed after permission from the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Court, Imphal.

The NAB and the police submitted chargesheets in all the 32 cases which were pending in court.

Official sources said all the ganja consignments were locally harvested and were seized while being smuggled outside the state. They said ganja and opium are extensively cultivated in both the valley and hill districts of Manipur. It is considered to be of high quality and has a huge demand in India and abroad. In the valley districts, Ganja is mainly cultivated in Imphal East.

The produce is smuggled outside Manipur mainly through Jiribam, bordering Assam’s Cachar district, along National Highway 37 (Imphal-Jiribam highway). “Smugglers engage porters at Rs 1,000 per person to transport ganja from the hill districts to Jiribam on foot to avoid security agencies, before the consignments are taken to various destinations through Assam,” a source said.