Tribune News Service
Mandi, May 13
An area measuring a little over 66 bighas has been found to be under illegal poppy cultivation in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh.
Following intelligence inputs, four teams from the Padhar police station in Drang area of Mandi district trekked around 6 hours on Wednesday to reach the area on a hilltop in Tikken sub-tehsil of the district.
The teams discovered that around 15 lakh poppy plants (opium) had been cultivated on 66.14 bighas of private as well as government land.
Four cases under the NDPS Act have been registered at Padhar police station.
A team led by the Padher SDPO would be taking up the exercise to destroy the plants as per legal provisions.
The police have started an investigation to ascertain who all were behind the illegal poppy cultivation.