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Jan 04, 2009 at 10:59am IST

Naxal activities funded from narcotic trade

Malkangiri: The Naxals have found another method to raise money to fund their dangerous activities.

CNN-IBN traced the nexus between the narcotic world and Naxals in Orissa's Malkangiri district.

Superintendent of police, Malkangiri Anup Kumar Sahoo said, "The naxals are raising huge funds from the ganja plantations. There is no industry or other activities here for them to extort money. The excise department is ill equipped and we are busy in the operational part, so there is none to stop this trade."

According to the Justice PK Mohanty commission's report on the operational activities of the Orissa drug mafia, ganja (cannabis), which is actively cultivated in over nine Naxal-infested districts of Orissa, is routed through Chhatisgarh and Andhra Pradesh to the rest of the country.

With an acre of hemp plantation fetching ganja worth over Rs 1 crore, Malkangiri district is now pumping hundreds of crores for Naxal violence.

The administration says it doesn't have the resources to tackle this menace.

Excise inspector, Malkangiri Bijay Kumar Mishra said, "I only have nine staff for the entire district. With this manpower it is impossible to control the trade. We are helpless."

So, the illegal trade continues to thrive on government and forest land. The villagers too are not complaining as they find ganja cultivation lucrative.

While the funds generated from this narcotic trade are largely used to spread violence by the Naxals, the unfortunate part is that the state government is yet to realize the potential of this danger.