Poppy cultivation funding Maoist outfits
Jitendra Pratap Singh, Minister of State of Home Affairs, has said in the Parliament that the CPI (Maoist) tacitly allow large-scale poppy/ganja cultivation in their strongholds in order to collect money from such illegal cultivation.
The outfit is collecting money from illegal cultivation of ganja and opium in some areas of Odisha, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Bihar. Upon detection of such illegal activities, cases are registered and investigated by the police forces of the states concerned.
In one such instance, cultivation of poppy plants/opium was detected in February 2012, at Bandarmara village, district Jamui, Bihar, which was destroyed by the security forces. In another instance,