Seized opium poppy kept at police HQ in Beed
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 04, 2012, 16:08
Beed: After the court denied permission to the police to destruct the seized opium poppy pods and straws that was secretly found being cultivated in parts of the district, 11,368 kg of poppy has been sealed and locked inside police headquarters.

Beed police had approached the Sessions Court last month, seeking permission to destroy the poppy pods, which was seized during the raids at few farms in Moha, Vanjarwadi and Pohner villages of Parli tehsil in the last week of February.

However, the court denied permission to destruct the opium poppy pods saying it is the prime evidence in the case.

Following this, poppy straws and pods weighing 11,368 kg were sealed in 456 sacks and kept inside a room at the police headquarters. The work of stuffing the poppy was going on till late night yesterday, police inspector Sudarshan Mundhe said.

"Poppy straws and pods have been packed in sacks and kept at the police headquarters. Details like the weight of the poppy pods and the name of the village have been mentioned on these sacks," Mundhe said.

For about a month, the poppy pods were lying in the open on the premises of the Beed police headquarters, where five police inspectors and guards had kept a vigil.

Cases have been registered against 56 farmers for the illegal cultivation opium poppy in their farms in the district. So far, 39 farmers and 4 traders have been arrested in this connection, police said.


First Published: Wednesday, April 04, 2012, 16:08

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