Police, excise and revenue officials in joint raids conducted on Tuesday in forests under the Adaba police station in Mohana block of Gajapati district burnt 1.48 lakh ganja plants cultivated in 74 acres of land. The value of the plants would be worth Rs 14.48 crore.
According to R Udayagiri SDPO AK Mohanty, the raids were conducted at Galimera village under Guruba panchayat on a tipoff that ganja cultivation had been undertaken in a vast area of mountainous and forested land. Gajapati district Collector Anupam Saha and SP Sarah Sharma ordered the raids.
Destruction of cannabis plantation has become almost a daily routine mainly in Gajapati and Kandhamal districts.