Malkangiri: Two large consignments of ganja weighing around 187 kg in total were seized by the district police on Sunday night. The contraband was seized during a routine midnight patrolling at Govinpalli square under Mathili police limits.
Two vehicles were seized and four persons arrested in this connection. The accused have been identified as Mohan Nat (49), Shyamsundar Pathak (73), Niraj Sah (19) and Dhananjay Soni (31).
Nat and Pathak belong to Chapra in Bihar, while, Sah and Soni are natives of Balia in Uttar Pradesh. The accused were booked under multiple Sections of the IPC and NDPS Act and produced in a local court today.
According to SP Jagmohan Meena, Malkangiri Police is able to apprehend Ganja transportation in large scale by deploying full time ‘Nakas’ (checkposts) at all entry and exit routes.
In 2019, 46 cases (ganja trafficking) have been detected under NDPS act, 68 persons have been arrested and 26 vehicles have been seized. Intrestingly, 38 out the arrested persons belong to other States which indicates the existence of a well-oiled inter-state network.
In 2017, 34 cases were registered and 7677 kg Ganja was seized. 93 persons were arrested and 28 vehicles were seized.
In 2018, 102 cases under NDPS act were detected in Makangiri district and 17,118 kg Ganja was seized. 179 persons were arrested and 83 vehicles were seized. Out of 179, 89 arrested persons were from outside Odisha.
“With a special focus to check illegal Ganja trafficking, in 2019 (so far), 8.6 tonnes of the contraband have been seized. During 2018-19, the district police destroyed over 2,500 acres of illegal ganja cultivation,” Meena said.
Better connectivity and access to cut-off areas have enabled the police to destroy illegal ganja farms in large numbers. In 2016-17, the police could manage to level 94.5 acres while in 2017-18 the figure stood at 242 acres.