Narcotic plants being cultivated secretly

Mahabub Alam

4 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Banned narcotic plants, which are sources of narcotic drug, are being cultivated in different places across the country due to lax monitoring by the authorities concerned.

Though the plant is being cultivated mainly in the hilly terrain in the country, these are also widely being cultivated on the farmlands in different districts, which is a grave concern for the country people.

According to the Department of Narcotics Control (DNC), 9,253 ganja plants were destroyed from 2010 to 2020. Most of these plants were cultivated by drug addicts to meet their own demand and make money, said an assistant director of the DNC seeking anonymity.

But nowadays, the country is witnessing wide cultivation of the plant even in Dhaka.

A section of unscrupulous people are cultivating poppy plants for making a quick buck, the officer said.

Apart from the members of different law enforcing agencies, district level officers of DNC should remain much more alert to stop cultivation of the narcotic plant, said the officer.

Earlier on March 07, members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB-5) destroyed over 4.23 lakh poppy plants cultivated on the croplands of five farmers at Banothur in Joypurhat district.

The elite force also arrested the farmers: Rajendranath Das, Naimuddin Mandal, Golam Mostofa, Ripon Sarder and Nepal Chandra Das.

RAB-5 Company Commander MM Mohaimenur Rashid said that the farmers had been cultivating the banned plant for the last three years on their land

When contacted, DNC DG Ahsanul Jabbar denied the allegation that cultivation of the illegal plant was continuing due to lax monitoring of their office.

“The people of the area don’t know that the plants are poppy. If anybody cultivates the plant secretly, we have nothing to do,” the DG said.

“Recently, we have destroyed poppy plants in Joypurhat district,” he said.

Police also found a ganja field at Mollabari in Khezurbagan in Ashulia on the outskirts     

of the capital on February 28. One Sohel Hossain cultivated the ganja.

Later, police collected samples from the field and sent those to the laboratory of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for test.

Sudip Kumar, sub-inspector of Ashulia Police Station, said that on March 8, the lab test confirmed that the plants are of ganja.

Police also found a ganja plant at Konabari in Joynagar area of Shariatpur district and destroyed those recently.