Ranchi: The drug crop is flourishing in Jharkhand under the protection of Naxalites. Opium has been cultivated in thousands of acres of area in a dozen districts of the state. They are upset with the campaign of the police and forest department against this illegal empire. This is also the reason behind the attack by Naxalites on the police team in Chatra district on Wednesday. The police and forest department team was returning after destroying the opium crop in the Gambhartari forest of Vashishtha Nagar police station area, when the Naxalites ambushed them and fired indiscriminately.
By the time the police could retaliate, two soldiers were martyred by their bullets, while three were seriously injured. When Jharkhand Police’s Special Branch and Narcotics Control Bureau took out satellite images of the forests and mountains of Khunti and Ranchi, it was revealed that opium crop has been planted on a large scale amidst the forests and mountains. Many of these areas are such that it is not easy for the police and forest department teams to reach even on foot.
Talking about Chatra district, this year opium has been cultivated on ryati and forest land in more than 200 villages in Pratappur, Kunda, Lavalong, Kanhachatti, Sadar block. It is reported that Chamarwar of Lavalong, Dhuba, banks of Sarona river, Banwar, Manamatu Kolhua of Jori police station area, Ghatahari, Sajni, Kathon of Sadar police station area, Wadi Saim, Sherpur, Jamuniyatari, Rotiya, Berio, Sale, Beadag and Belgada, Naxalites have done farming on about one thousand acres of land in Chiloi, Chelama, Kaknatu Regniatari, Kulwar villages.
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