India: Anti-Cannabis Campaigns Get GIS Push in HP

Despite statewide anti-drug campaigns and cannabis destruction drive, cases of charas seizure have increased in Kullu district. The police department is now taking help of geographic information system (GIS) mapping to locate cannabis fields in Kullu.

Himachal police and narcotics control bureau have marked about 2,500 bigha of land under cannabis cultivation with help of GIS in remote areas of Kullu. Statewide anti-drug campaigns have failed to control the production and smuggling of charas in Himachal Pradesh. Police claim it is not easy to finish this trade within few days but efforts are on to control the production.

Kullu police had seized 38.7kg of charas in 54 cases under NDPS Act in 2015. They have registered 73 cases till July 31 this year and seized 79.3kg charas at nakas and during raids.

Inspector general police Ajay Kumar Yadav said nearly 2,500 bigha of land under cannabis has been marked and...

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