Opium poppy crops on 70 bigha land destroyed in Rukum

RUKUM: The Rukum District Police Office (DPO) has destroyed opium poppies cultivated on altogether 70 bighas of land in different parts of the district.

The DPO said that it had mobilised 135 personnel to destroy an illegal opium farming conducted on a large scale at different places including Gotamkot, Syalakhadi, Aathbiskot, Magma, Banphikot, Syalapakha, Jang, Siden and Hukam.

The DPO has also received information that opium poppies are being cultivated in other areas where they are going to take action, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Angur GC at the DPO said.

However, no individual has been arrested in connection to this, police complained of non-cooperation from local residents in its drive to crack down on illegal opium cultivation.

Police personnel deployed to destroy the plants were denied even a glass of water by locals, said a police officer.


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