BY TC News Desk
Agartala, 20th November 2023: The Jatrapur police conducted a raid in the northern forest of Gamaicherra on Monday morning and destroyed 3,500 ganja plants that were illegally cultivated in the area. The forest, which is located north of Thali Bari village in Jatrapur Thana area, is a reserve of the forest department, but has been used by the ganja growers for their illicit activities.
The raid was carried out by a team of police officers led by Subrata Debnath, the Officer-in-Charge of Jatrapur police station, based on secret information. The team included Inspector Arup Debbarma, Sub-Inspector Pritam Datta and several police constables. The team did not take the help of BSF and operated alone. The team reached the forest at 9:30 am and destroyed all the ganja plants in five kani of land by 8:00 am. The team returned to the police station without any incident.
Debnath said that the raid was part of the ongoing operation against the ganja cultivation in the area, which is being carried out on the orders of the higher authorities of the Defense Department. He said that the operation will continue until all the ganja plants are eradicated from the area.
The Jatrapur police station has been leading the anti-ganja operation in the Sonamura subdivision, where there are four police stations and one outpost. The Jatrapur police station has conducted five rounds of raids this season and destroyed thousands of ganja plants. However, the other police stations, especially the Melaghar police station, have been silent, despite having enough ganja gardens in their areas, according to sources.
The Boxanagar police station has also not taken any action this season. The public has expressed their concern over the inaction of the police and demanded that they take strict measures to stop the illegal ganja cultivation in the subdivision.