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Bhubaneswar: Odisha Police scaled a new height by destructing illegal ganja cultivation in about 4,407.73 acres of land in eight districts of the state. This was informed by DGP Dr RP Sharma in a press meet here today.
Sharma said that the state police had targeted to destroy ganja in 3,050 acres during the current crop year 2017-18.
The ganja cultivation was destroyed in 2457.73 acres of land in 2015-16. Likewise, the state police along with the excise officials had destroyed the ganja cultivation in 3599.191 acres in 2016-17, he added.
The eight districts in which the ganja cultivation was destroyed this year are Angul, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Boudh, Kandhamal, Gajapati, Rayagada, Malkangiri, Nayagarh and Koraput.
Kandhamal district topped the list in destruction of ganja plantation. The cannabis was cultivated in 2227 acres of land in the district.
According to the DGP, there was a sharp decline in the illegal ganja cultivation in Sambalpur, Deogarh, Angul and Nayagarh.
The top cop of the state further informed that as many as 420 cases under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act were registered in 2017 in which around 500 quintal cannabis were seized and 700 persons arrested.
The state police had issued new guidelines for increased rewards to the officers involved, informers and other persons in 2017 to encourage them to curb illicit cultivation of cannabis in the state.