The Jammu and Kashmir excise and taxation department has seized banned medicinal herb 'Nag Chatri' worth Rs 3 crore on the international market. The herb was allegedly being smuggled, officials said here on Monday.
An Amritsar-bound truck was intercepted at Lakhanpur inter-state toll plaza on the Jammu-Punjab highway on Sunday evening. As per documents, it was carrying dry fruits weighing 21 quintals and 50 kg, they said.
During checking, the department sleuths found that the truck was loaded with banned rare medicinal herb known as 'Nag Chatri', they said. The vehicle was seized and a case was registered under the Indian Forest Act.
Trillium govanianum is popularly known as 'Nag Chatri'. According to experts, 'Nag Chatri' does not need any maintenance and grows wild on the mountains, so it is a better option for many 'charas' cultivators, who have failed to hide their cannabis fields from police.