Poppy husk smuggling up in Barmer, but no excise case registered in 10 years

As the retail outlets for selling doda closed down on March 31, 2016, licenced addicts suddenly found themselves without
The Hindustan Times (India)
Thursday, July 12, 2018

india doda postSmuggling of doda post (lanced poppy husk) is on the rise in Barmer district after government supply of the narcotic was banned from April 2016, but the excise department has registered no case in 10 years though police have seized 11,000 kg of the substance from smugglers in two years since the ban, officials said. Doda is the leftover husk of an opium plant once the milk has been extracted. Before the ban, husk was supplied to around 260 outlets, issued permits by the Rajasthan excise department. About 19,000 licence-holders were eligible to get a limited quantity of doda from the licensed outlets. A reality check at the ground reveals that the ban is only on paper as thousands are still using the drug. The banned drug is available in rural areas, though at three times the earlier price.