Srinagar, May 16 (UNI) In its continued war against drugs, the Jammu and Kashmir police have destroyed poppy bung cultivation on 500 more kanals of land in south Kashmir.
On May 10, police had destroyed poppy over 1000 kanals of land.
Official sources said police along with a team of Excise Department conducted raids in different areas of village Lidder Mud and Kawani Awantipora in Pulwama district following a tip off that some villagers had cultivated poppy crops in their field.
They said the team destroyed the poppy on 500 kanals of land and registered a case against the owners of the land.
Poppy crops over thousands of kanals of land was destroyed in south Kashmir last year. Police also arrested a number of smugglers along with Charas and other banned drugs.
Meanwhile, the Excise Department has warned that anyone found cultivating poppy or any other banned crops would have to face the law under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act 1985.
Under the law, anyone found indulging in the banned trade directly or indirectly can be sentenced for ten to 20 years of jail and a fine of Rs one lakh to Rs two lakhs, the department said adding the crime was a non-bailable offence could be imposed.
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