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Ganja fields along the riverbed; but Pune police are caught dozing

Saturday, 1 March 2014 - 11:59am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

Marijuana field spanning across 2.5 acres uncovered on the Mula-Mutha river bed
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A ganja (marijuana) field has been uncovered on the Mula - Mutha river bed in Bundgarden and Koregaon Park area, right under Pune police’s nose. Neither the Pune crime branch nor the local police stations were aware of such a field.
Interestingly, reporters had asked question about the existence of marijuana fields in the city at the annual crime press conference. At the time, Pune police commissioner Gulabrao Pol answered, “If anyone has a tip-off or information, they can tell us immediately, and accordingly we can take action on it.”
Deputy commissioner of police (cyber and narcotics) Rajesh Bansode said that the police will look into the matter and take necessery action.
On February 18, the Anti Narcotics Cell (ANC) of Pune crime branch had found a 2.5 acre filed dotted with marijuana plants, a portion of which is located in a riverbed in front of Eon Information technology (IT) Park in Kharadi.
The ANC realised the existence of the filed, after arresting two suspects on charges of possessing two kgs of Ganja. They confessed of procuring the contraband from the Kharadi area. The arrested suspects have been identified as Suraj Vilas Atole (19) and Nitin Mukund Adagale (22), both residents of Kharadi. Interrogations with the duo had revealed that they would procure ganja from the field, and eventually sell it in the city.
The ganja trees have been growing in the riverbed starting from the Bundgarden bridge right up to the Koregaon Park riverbed area. While local residents have claimed that some people steal ganja from the area and sell into the city but they are not sure about where the substance gets sold.
Some police officers are of the opinion that the ganja plants are naturally grown, and are not a part of organised cultivations by farmers.

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