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Tripura CM Biplab Deb targets Manik Sarkar over marijuana cultivation in state

Nearly one lakh kilograms marijuana is cultivated in Tripura and a large portion of this illegal business takes place in Leader of Opposition Sarkar’s own constituency Dhanpur, Deb told journalists in Nripendranagar

india Updated: Jul 18, 2018 21:40 IST
Priyanka Deb Barman
Priyanka Deb Barman
Hindustan Times, Agartala
Tripura,Biplab Deb,Manik Sarkar
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb during the interaction with the media at Tripura Bhawan in New Delhi.(HT File Photo)

Tripura chief minister Biplab Deb targeted his predecessor Manik Sarkar on Wednesday over failure to stop large scale marijuana cultivation in the state.

Nearly one lakh kilograms marijuana is cultivated in Tripura and a large portion of this illegal business takes place in Leader of Opposition Sarkar’s own constituency Dhanpur, Deb told journalists in Nripendranagar.

“The state came under grip of drugs and it had happened not on a single day but took 25 years. I am very upset that Sarkar did nothing to curb this during his long tenure,” Deb said

“People of the state will not forgive him. As he is elder to me, I pay him respect. But this time, I will not forgive him,” he added.

Sarkar was not available for comment despite repeated attempts as he was busy in meetings.

After BJP-IPFT stormed into power in March, over 100 people with their links in illegal drugs business were arrested and nearly 20,000 kilograms of marijuana seized, Deb said.

“The issue of marijuana cultivation was raised in the assembly several times in during previous CPM rule, but Sarkar feigned unawareness and not a single person involved in the trade was arrested during his time,” he said.

He further said that his government is planning to introduce strict laws to control drug-abuse so that the drug-traders can’t get out of jail easily.

“They should work first than complaining against former Left government. The drug-traders who were arrested as of now, are all BJP activists,” a senior CPM leader Pabitra Kar said.

First Published: Jul 18, 2018 21:40 IST