Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Police (OP) has recorded the highest numbers of seizure under NDPS Act cases this year till September. Earlier, all the Superintendents of Police were directed to strengthen enforcement under the Act.
With the coordination of approach with all stakeholders, as many as 38 cases were registered regarding illicit cultivation of Cannabis and plantation of Cannabis in 4632 acres of land was destructed during the crop year 2017-18, a press note said.
This was the record destruction in Odisha compared to destruction in previous years (3599 acres in the 2016-17, 2457.7 acres in 2015-16, and 3933.8 acres in 2014-15).
This apart, illicit cultivation of Cannabis has been drastically reduced from Western Odisha districts- Angul, Sambalpur and Deogarh. Maximum illicit cultivation of Cannabis was destructed from Kandhamal district ( 2424 Acre’s), Boudh (840 Acres) , Gajapati district( 771 Acres) during the year 2017-18, the press note said.
The Odisha Police said, under the detection of NDPS Act cases, 67 quintals of ganja have been seized against annual seizure of 304.3 quintals in 2017, 428.84 quintals of 2016 and 198.12 quintals in 2015.
Besides, seizure of Brown Sugar in the State in 2018 has also increased than previous years. 915.5 gms of Brown Sugar has been seized in 2018 against 411.51gms in 2017 and 704.44gms of 2016 and 810grns Heroin and 04gms Brown Sugar in 2015.
115 vehicles have been seized from accused persons in 2018 including 11 trucks, 2 three-wheelers, 55 two-wheelers and 47 four-wheelers against 138 vehicles in 2017, 116 vehicles in 2016 and 84 vehicles in 2015.
Besides, cash of Rs 12 lakhs has been seized in 2018 against annual seizure of Rs 2.31 lakhs in 2017, Rs 3.08 lakhs in 2016 and Rs11.30 lakhs in 2015.
During aforesaid period, while 435 cases were registered by Odisha Police, 668 of accused persons were arrested including 24 women in 2018. Similarly, during 2017, 571 cases have been lodged against 548 in 2016 and 517 cases in 2015.