Imphal: Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren has made a strong appeal to all those involved in poppy plantations and illegal drug business to shun all such activities, considering the destructive effects of these acts on society. He further warned of stronger actions against anyone found involved in these illegal actions.
The Chief Minister made the appeal during a press conference at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat this late evening.
Further stating that the government takes these illegal actions as a great challenge, he further urged anyone against encouraging such illegal activities, even on social media.
N. Biren Singh stressed that the government will not make any compromise at any cost in the War on Drugs campaign.
Stating that on Friday two individuals were arrested along with 20.27 kg of poppy seeds, four Kenbo bikes (Myanmar made) without registration numbers, and two single barrel guns from Old Boljang Village, under Lhungtin Sub Division, the Chief Minister questioned the motive and intention of certain individuals continuing with such illegal acts despite the appeals from the government and the support from the general public to the War on Drugs.
The two arrested have been identified as Ngamginsei Singson, 20, son of Mangseih Singson of Theljang Village, and Lelen Khongsai, 32, son of (L) Pabul Khongsai of Tuibong Bazar A/P, both staying at Old Boljang Village.
Citing the seizure of the Myanmar made bikes, the Chief Minister further raised doubt on whether Myanmar nationals were involved in these illegal activities.
The Chief Minister said that on receiving reliable information about poppy plantations around Old Boljang Village, a joint team of the Police, NAB, MR/IRB, and Forest Department went to the village on March 16 and carried out the destruction of poppy cultivation on about 10 acres in the hill ranges adjacent to the village. The team, however, found no one in the village on that day, he added.
Continuing that a case has been registered at the Saikul Police Station, the Chief Minister further urged the public to continue supporting the War on Drugs campaign.
The War on Drugs campaign is moving in the right direction with the support of the people, CSOs, village chiefs, MLAs, and ministers, among others. N. Biren Singh said and further appreciated the Manipur Police and Forest Department for their active involvement in the campaign.