Some villagers in the remote areas of the district are cultivating hybrid cannabis in a clandestine manner on agriculture fields as well as forest land to earn quick money by illicit means. It came to light recently when the criminal investigation department, Kullu wing, visited Manikaran valley on a tip-off and found that a huge chunk of agriculture land has been brought under cannabis cultivation at Krarnni village. It was found that hybrid cannabis cultivation was being grown on nearly 20-bigha agriculture land.
The district that is famous world-over for its natural beauty has earned a bad name due to cannabis. While police authorities every year recover this illicit produce in quintals during patrolling at various places, many offenders manage to hoodwink them.
Sources told HT that lack of resources has hampered the police campaign of uprooting cannabis in Kullu district.
To detect cannabis cultivation in the district, the police are taking help of satellite system. This has helped them to some extent in locating the places, where cannabis is being cultivated.
Last year, the police used a chemical spray to destroy cannabis, but sources said it did not prove effective in dealing with the menace. Lack of resources and manpower is also hindering the police campaign.
Law-enforcing agencies' inability in reaching the remote areas of the district like parts in Manikaran, Banjar, Nirmand, Malana and others has also helped this illicit business flourish.
Kullu deputy superintendent of police Sanjay Sharma told HT that the police would start their campaign to uproot cannabis on agriculture and forest land from August 19, which would continue for the next few days in the district.
The district police administration had also urged the higher authorities to provide funds to lead an effective campaign against cannabis cultivation in the district.