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Indian security forces destroy 49 acres of opium fields

A combined team of the Chandel district police and troops from the Assam rifles last week destroyed 49 acres of opium poppies estimated to be valued at around US $350,000 in India’s northeastern Manipur State, according to Indian media.

The poppy fields—which were situated at a site just 50 km from Tamu in Myanmar’s Sagaing Region—were owned by unknown persons, the reports said. The region was previously occupied by Manipuri rebels.

“In the past, poppy plants were grown along the Sajik Tampak Road, but now they are grown in valleys and on hills,” said a Naga source in Chandel. “They poppies are quite far from the roads, but have been growing there for about 10 years.”

In Chin State, it was reported that in December an opium poppy eradication group destroyed 45 acres of fields in Tonzang Township, which also lies adjacent to Manipur State in India.

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 February 2013 17:55 )  

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