Anantnag: Following a report by Kashmir Reader regarding unabated poppy cultivation in parts of Pulwama district, the concerned Deputy Commissioner (DC) Wednesday ordered police and civil administration to gear up and take immediate action against the menace.
Kashmir Reader on May 12 reported about flourishing illegal poppy cultivation in many areas of Pulwama district.
The report highlighted that thousands of Kanals of paddy, proprietary and government land in places like Koil, Chandgam, Baderwan, Beighpora, Padgampora Lajoora, Parigam, Wahibugh, Newa and many other villages of Pulwama district was under poppy cultivation.
On May 14, Tehsildar Pampore Ishtiyaq Mohiuddin headed a team of civil authorities who destroyed poppy cultivation spread over more than 100 Kanals of land in Konibal, Lalpora and Chatlam villages of Pampore Tehsil.
Taking the fight against the menace forward DC Pulwama, Syed Abid Rashid, Thursday issued an official order, number DMP/PA/19/2464-85, to curb the menace.
The order while highlighting that the menace was indeed a problem has issued directions to police and civil authorities to take action against the perpetrators as well as make sure that the crop was destroyed well within time.
It has directed all Station House Officers to take immediate action against the “offenders” under the NDPS Act of 1985.
The order has further asked the Tehsildar’s and their Naib’s to submit a detailed report regarding the offenders and the details regarding the quantum of land under poppy cultivation.
“The names of major cultivators should be submitted within a week of this order without fail and further penal action should be initiated against them,” the order issued by Rashid reads.
Poppy, in south Kashmir, has become a major drug menace given the fact that it fetches good money to the cultivators as well as the drug mafia. Poppy plants produce opium and fukki (poppy husk) like lethal drugs.