Bumper poppy crop in MP keeps Punjab cops busy

The accused were taking their stock from Madhya Pradesh via Pathankot route when they were arrested.

Written by Raakhi Jagga | Ludhiana | Updated: March 14, 2014 11:37 am

A bumper crop of poppy husk in Madhya Pradesh where Assembly elections are scheduled to be held in November 25 has become a headache for Punjab policemen. In the last four days,Mansa police alone has seized 196 quintal of poppy husk worth Rs 4 crore in the domestic market.

While confirming the seizure,Mansa SSP Dr Narinder Bhargava said five smugglers have been arrested in two raids. The accused were taking their stock from Madhya Pradesh via Pathankot route when they were arrested.

The arrested smugglers have told the police due to the bumper crop in MP,poppy husk was being smuggled to other parts of the country.

The smugglers have also reportedly indicated that the money collected might be used in election campaign.

Two days ago,240 bags of poppy husk — weighing 96 quintal — were seized from Joga-Barnala road. On Monday night,252 more bags were seized from Mansa Khurd village,weighing 100 quintals.

The smugglers who were arrested on Monday are Darshan Singh and Rajpal Singh.

“Last week as well,three cases were registered against different persons,including five women,who had come from MP to sell poppy husk,” said the SSP.

In MP,farming of poppy husk is allowed only in licensed areas. According to the smugglers,while they were buying poppy husk from MP at the rate of Rs 1,000 to 1,200 per quintal,they were selling the same in Punjab between Rs 2,000 to 3,000 per quintal.

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