SRINAGAR: Special excise teams on Wednesday destroyed bhang cultivation over 70 kanals of land in Chadoora Budgam and Pattan Baramulla in a drive against illegal narcotics cultivation.
The teams have been constituted on the directions of Excise Commissioner J&K M Raju to eradicate bhang cultivation in Kashmir and check its cultivation, trafficking of narcotic-related substances and to get rid of the menace at its initial stage.
The teams work under close supervision of Deputy Commissioner Excise (Executive) Kashmir Mohammad Farooq Dar. The excise teams have been directed to take tough measures against the Bhang cultivators.
The revenue authorities have been asked to help in the identification of bhang cultivators so that effective measures to stop its production are taken and persons involved are booked under appropriate provisions of law.
Further, all the excise teams have been directed to keep a close vigil on illicit trade of liquor, illicit trafficking and smuggling of poppy/bhang outside the valley.