The police got a tip-off when they detained a few engineering college students for possessing ganja.
For decades farmers in Lakshmipuram village in Telangana have been harvesting ganja as a cash crop and selling them in open bazaars, unperturbed that growing and selling ganja is illegal. However, their seamless business was interrupted when police cordoned off the village that comprises more than 200 families and conducted a search operation in the village.
The police got a tip-off when they detained a few engineering college students in Tandur, a neighbouring mandal, for possessing ganja, on Wednesday. After detaining them, during the investigation they revealed their source’s name and on told the police about how they shared the contact of their source with their friends.
One of the arrested persons told the CI that for decades they have been growing ganja and the police have never entered their village. He said that farmers in the village harvest ganja during rainfall.
Chintala told TNM that during the raid women who fled into the farm fields, weeded out the ganja before police could come.
He said that the arrested persons claimed innocence and saying it is not just them but the entire village that grows ganja.
Police are still investigating the case. The arrested persons were charged under NDPS (Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances) Act. Police seized 30 kg of ganja during the raid.