Bangladesh has sent paratroopers to destroy poppy plants on hundreds of hectares in remote areas of the country's southeastern hill region, security officials said on Feb. 11. About 250 soldiers in full battle gear have parachuted from air force helicopters into the hilly terrain over the last two days and have started demolishing poppy plants, a senior army officer told Reuters. Bangladesh generally launches such drives in the late winter to destroy poppy plants cultivated by organized gangs in remote areas of the Chittagong Hill Tracts bordering Myanmar and the Indian states of Tripura and Mizoram. (Reuters)

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