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Naxalism-hit areas used for illegal cannabis cultivation: Officials

By New Indian Express

The Naxalism-affected areas of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Jharkhand and West Bengal and difficult terrain of some of the hilly states have been used for illegal cannabis cultivation and the contraband produced there find its way to all over the country, officials said on Tuesday.

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has also seized a large amount of narcotics substances in different parts of the country in the last two months.

Illegal cannabis cultivation in India is largely concentrated around the Naxalism-affected areas of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Jharkhand and West Bengal and difficult hilly terrain of Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura, a government official said.

”Ganja” from these regions find its way to all over the country, including Delhi, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, and is also smuggled across the ocean to Sri Lanka.

Hostile terrain and inaccessibility make this area difficult for the law enforcement agencies to conduct destruction of illicit cannabis cultivation, the official said.

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