Now that a media glisten over Malda has faded away, a West Bengal administration has also sensitively snuggled behind to “the comfort of inaction” opposite poppy growers and a drug mafia.
After a host set Kaliachak military hire on glow and broken papers damning a drug mafia on 3 Jan this year, Malda’s Rs 3200-crore poppy economy detonate into limelight.
“Around 3,708 acres of poppy cultivation has been broken in Malda given a crackdown started on 15 January. But we had to stop a expostulate due to miss of funds,” pronounced an NCB officer, requesting anonymity as he is not authorised to strictly pronounce to a media.
The drive, that stays dangling for now, was ostensible to resume on 22 Feb though a state supervision apparently doesn’t have adequate supports to continue a demolition. The Centre, it alleges, is boring a feet on clearing around Rs 20 lakh creation it formidable to continue a drop of crop.
Meanwhile, as a state and Centre punch over funds, poppy cultivators are creation a many of a opportunity.
Opium is grown in around 60 percent area of English Bazar, a subdivision hold by TMC’s food estimate apportion Krishnendu Narayan Choudhury. The apportion couldn’t be contacted as he was bustling with a bill session.
As we spin towards Sona Masjid from Lokochuri More, white poppy flowers dancing in a zephyr would hail we (as clear in spycam footage accessible with Firstpost).
There is a tiny military post nearby, though they spin a blind eye to a stand flourishing around Malda’s vital traveller attractions such as Baroduari and Firoz Minar, both underneath a Archaeological Survey of India.
Malda SP Prasun Banerjee refused to criticism on a emanate amid claims from NCB officials and internal activists that a district administration is “hand in glove” with a drug traders.
Last week, military officers were beaten adult by poppy growers while they attempted to lift out a stand dismissal expostulate in Baishnav Nagar and Mozampur areas of Malda district. When a conditions incited grim, a BSF was called into action.
Senior counsel Asit Baran Choudhury, who practices in Malda court, said: “The military is deliberately loitering a stand drop to concede poppy mafia a time to collect a latex. Once a latex is collected, there is no indicate spending income from state coffers and assistance a poppy cultivators prepared their fields for a subsequent crop.”
At a time of filing this story, NCB was about to crackdown on a farms nearby a chronological monuments of Baroduari and Firoz Minar.