MAGAM: A villager in Harda-Aboora village of Magam is growing cannabis in his roofless house to avoid getting caught by police, residents have alleged.
They said that the cultivator supplies the recreational drug to the youth of the area as well as outside.
The villagers said that the grower lives in a secluded part of the Harda-Abooda prompting him to use half of his house for the cannabis cultivation. The second half of his house, where the family lives, is well covered.
The half without roof has a door which remains locked round the clock to make it appear as abandoned. The residents alleged that the house owner is notorious for marijuana distribution in the area.
In addition to the rooms, there is a chunk of land behind the house where the cultivation as well as preparation of the drug, like drying and crushing of leaves, goes on without any hindrance.
According to eye-witnesses, the customers especially teenagers come in the evening, smoke it behind the house and take the rest with them.
The residents said that hundreds of people including youth of the 5000 souls living in the village have fallen for the drug as it is easily accessible to them.
Many families in the village have gone into poverty as the family heads have become addicted to cannabis and often remain away from their families. Similarly youth addicted to the drug have become abusive and a threat to the society, the residents alleged.
The residents said that the grower supplies the cannabis to the neighbouring areas as well.
Excise Taxation Officer, Shabir Ahmad Rather, said that the department often carries raids in the area.
“We have raided many cannabis plant growers in the area. However, if there are any new such cases emerging, we will take action at the earliest,” he said.