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Youths planted saplings on Environment Day in Kollam, they were cannabis

On World Environment Day on Saturday when everyone  was busy planting saplings to mark the day, a few individuals used the  opportunity to plant ganja saplings on the roadside in Kollam.

Published: 08th June 2021 06:09 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th June 2021 06:09 AM   |  A+A-

A team led by excise special squad sub-inspector T Rajeev found the saplings from the roadside.

By Express News Service

KOLLAM: On World Environment Day on Saturday when everyone  was busy planting saplings to mark the day, a few individuals used the  opportunity to plant ganja saplings on the roadside in Kollam. Two cannabis  saplings were recovered by the Kollam excise team on Monday from the  side of a road at Kandachira. The saplings were  planted as  part of World Environment Day. The excise team is on the lookout for the  youths who were involved.

The saplings measuring 60cm  and 30cm in height were found planted along the road between Kurishadi junction in Kandachira and the bypass. A team led by excise special squad sub-inspector T Rajeev found the saplings from the roadside.

An eyewitness tipped the  department’s special squad CI I Noushad off on World Environment  Day morning that a few individuals came and planted these saplings there, and defended when confronted saying that they loved this plant. The witness also informed the excise squad that a man addicted to ganja had led a group of youngsters to plant  cannabis. The men who planted the saplings told local residents that let these plants grow there so that they could take selfies beside them, he said.

A similar  tip-off was received by the team regarding the ganja plants seen under  the Mangad bypass bridge. But nothing was recovered from the spot when  the team reached there for inspection. However, the excise officer said  that there were signs that cannabis was grown there earlier. The officer  added that they got information that the plants were owned by a resident of Kandachira involved in several ganja cases.

Assistant  excise commissioner B Suresh said the team is tracking down the  culprits and they will be arrested soon. “It seems certain gangs are  trying out new methods as due to lockdown, they are unable to  travel to other places to smuggle in the stuff,” he said.



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  • Andrew Mohan Charles

    Idiots joined the American War on Drugs when we were the country with the longest history of socially sanctioned use of this non addictive substance with known medicinal uses in our traditional medicine. Today they have legalized it and thrown all legal cases out of the window releasing prisoners and we are still following an outdated idea.
    13 days ago reply
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