Crackdown on poppy cultivation in Pulwama

Authorities in Pulwama Friday cracked down on illegal poppy cultivation, arresting a number of farmers who had grown the crop in their fields. 

Special teams led by Executive Magistrates in all eight Tehsils of the district launched a major drive against the poppy cultivators and issued more than 100 arrest warrants.

The maximum number of warrants, 19, were issued in Pulwama; 11 in Pampore; 14 in Awantipora; 12 in Tral; 8 in Litter; 30 in Rajpora and 6 in Kakapora.

Offenders were immediately arrested under section 107/151 of CrPC and sent to a Correctional Home for seven days.

During the drive a poppy crop on about 100 kanals of land in the horticultural fields and common land was also destroyed.

District Magistrate Syed Abid Rashid Shah said the administration was commitment to zero tolerance towards individuals found involved in poppy cultivation, adding it was a potential threat to public order.

Shah said his administration would not exhibit any reluctance in booking the major offenders under Public Safety Act.

Poppy is cultivated for producing Fukki, opium and its derivatives. Poppy cultivation and related offences are covered under section 18 of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act 1985 and J&K Excise Act 1950.