Continuing their raids on ganja farms in Vishakhapatnam Agency, Excise officials in association with the District Police destroyed ganja plantations on 36 acres at several villages in Paderu mandal, here on Thursday.
The officials had to face resistance from the tribal people.
According to Assistant Commissioner of Excise (Prohibition & Excise-Enforcement Wing) SVVN Babji Rao, the teams destroyed around 90,000 ganja plants on 18 acres at Yeguva Solamulu village of Paderu Mandal and another team destroyed another 90,000 ganja plants on 18 acres at Sariyapalli village of the same mandal.
Around 1.8 lakh saplings have been destroyed, he claimed.
Mr. Babji Rao also said that there a was mild resistance from residents of Sariyapalli of Paderu mandal, where few of the agitators broke windshields of the vehicles even though the local police and armed party were present.