Shopian: Excise department in association with revenue and police department destroyed Bhang cultivation on 400 kanals of land in Melhura area of Shopian.
The Melhora area is infamous for cultivation of the banned crop. Excise Commissioner Kashmir, Tala Parvaiz Ruhela, Deputy Excise Commissioner Farooq Ahmad Dar, Tehsildar Zainapora Fida Hussain and SDPO Zainapora were supervising the massive
Tehsildar Zainapora Fida Hussain, told Kashmir Reader that people sow the cannabis in their apple orchards, maze fields and most of the area under its cultivation was cleared in the drive.
“Last month a drive to destroy bung was conducted in the same area and 100 kanals of land were cleared,” he said.
An officer from excise department told Kashmir Reader that they will clear every single inch of land where cannabis has been cultivated.
“Both cultivated and wild cannabis are here and we are going to clear it all without giving up under any pressure from smugglers and cultivators,” he said.
Melhura area in Shopian is infamous since decades for cultivation of cannabis and huge chunk of population have turned cultivation of banned crop their livelihood.