Adilabad: In a joint operation, Boath Police and sleuths of Prohibition and Excise department destroyed about 1,200 plants of prohibited cannabis being cultivated in an agriculture field at Markondi village in Bazarhathnoor mandal on Wednesday. The cost of the seized ganja was estimated to be Rs 5 lakh. This is the second incident of cultivating ganja as an inter-crop in the district this week.
Boath Inspector Konka Mallesh said that they were identified as Sarpe Ganga Ram, Kumram Gunawanth Rao, Kamble Jayawanth Rao and Thodasam Krishna, all belonging to Markondi village. The four were found to have been growing the ganja as an inter-crop in cotton crop, red gram in field belonging to Ganga Ram, on the outskirts of the village. During the raid, the illegal crop was burnt, said the police.
During the interrogation, the four confessed to be indulging in the offence by leasing 25 acres of land for the cultivation. They admitted that they were committing the crime for quite a long time. They revealed that traders belonging to several parts of Telangana would buy dry cannabis at Rs 1,000 or Rs 1,500 per kilo gram. The traders would sell it to potential customers such as youngsters and those who addicted to consume by packing it in sachets and cigarettes.
Superintendent of Police Vishnu S Warrier, who visited the spot, cautioned that stern action would be taken against those who involve in such illegal activities. He said that police were clamping down on illegal trading of gutkha and other contraband substances. Five cases of trading cannabis were registered in Boath circle in the last few months, according to the Inspector.
The police handed over the four accused to Prohibition and Excise department for taking further action after registering a case against them and investigations were taken up. Bazarhathnoor Sub-Inspector Uday Kumar and Prohibition and Excise Inspector Raj Kumar and their team members took part in the operation.
On November 14, Nanak Singh and Rathan Singh were arrested for allegedly cultivating the banned cannabis as an internal crop in the land of 15 acres on the outskirts of Rajeshwar Thanda in Saranagpur mandal. A sum of 10 kilo grams of dried contraband which was estimated to Rs 2 lakh, was seized, said the police.