Andhra Pradesh: 1.9 lakh kg of ganja seized in five districts destroyed


DIG (Visakhapatnam Range) S. Hari Krishna set fire to the seized ganja in Koduru village of Anakapalli district on Saturday.

DIG (Visakhapatnam Range) S. Hari Krishna set fire to the seized ganja in Koduru village of Anakapalli district on Saturday. | Photo credit: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Around 1.9 lakh kg of ganja seized by the district police and Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB) of Anakapalli, Alluri Sitarama Raju, Parvathipuram Manyam, Bizianagaram and Srikakulam were destroyed here on Saturday.

The seized ganja was set on fire by Visakhapatnam Range DIG S. Hari Krishna at Koduru village in Anakapalli district. In addition to this, about 133 kg of hashish oil was also destroyed.

The estimated value of the destroyed ganja and hashish oil is said to be over ₹240 crore. Ganja and hashish oil were seized in 929 cases in the five districts.

The district leaders in seizures are ASR with around 1.37 lakh kg from 574 cases, followed by Anakapalli with around 40,745 kg from 273 cases, Bizianagaram with around 8,788 kg from 39 cases, Srikakulam with around 32,985 kg from 32 cases and Man Paryamva. 2,100 kg from 11 cases.

“In the ASR district alone, the police have arrested around 608 smugglers. In addition to this, we have arrested around 121 accused following the smuggling chain, from different States. The idea is to break the entire smuggling chain by arresting kingpins and financiers,” said Superintendent of Police S. Sathish Kumar.

Satellite imagery, drone survey, extensive checks, awareness creation, setting up more check posts and all efforts are being made to tackle this menace and make the State drug free, said Mr. Hari Krishna.

SP Anakapalli Gowthami Sali, Joint Director SEB Tuhin Sinha, B. Vijay Bhaskar of SEB, ASP of Rampachodavaram Adhiraj Singh Rana, ASP of Chinturu Maheswar Reddy, ASP Chintapalli Kommi Pratap Kishore and others were present.

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