In the backdrop of Manipur recording a significant number of cases of drug trafficking and addiction, CM Biren Singh has declared a war against drugs. Mr. Singh initiated several programmes including rehabilitation of poppy growers with lemongrass cultivation to tackle the problem.
Promising strict action against the drug peddlers, Chief Minister told to the reporters that the state government, along with the security forces, is working on the projects to reduce the increasing numbers of drug addiction cases.
CM also talked about the incident at Lilong in Thoubal district where many drug peddlers were arrested and the seized drugs were burnt. As of now, around 600 peddlers were arrested this year. Fast-track courts have been set up to try the accused persons.
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The Chief Minister further said that the state government is trying to root out the cultivation of poppy in Manipur with the help of the Army and Assam Rifles. “Assam Rifles is helping us with seeds and know how in cultivating lemongrass so that we give up cultivation of poppy,” he said
Drugs like Spasmoproxival and N10 come from within the country, while heroin and World are Yours (WY) are being traded from Myanmar. These drugs are widely used in Manipur and other states in the North East. The very poor economic condition, lack of job opportunities and easy availability of drugs lead to the high a number of drug addicts in the state.
Manipur, known as borders of Golden Triangle in Southeast Asia, is infamous for drug trafficking and has been facing the drug menace for decades.
“Thousands of hectares of land are used for poppy cultivation in areas near the international border with Myanmar and the poppy grown in Manipur is being exported to other countries via the Golden Triangle,” said Mr. Singh.