Srilankan officials state that there is a huge export of cannabis named Kerala ganja and other drugs from Kerala and other parts of India
On November 10, an Excise Department officer at Vavuniya in Sri Lanka was arrested on charges of possessing Kerala Ganja. Three days later, a Sri Lankan army soldier was arrested for smuggling Kerala Ganja in a bus. He had 2kgs of ganja and was traveling to Trincomalee. There have been several other such reports of arrests and seizure.
Meanwhile, the excise officials in Kerala maintain that the state has no mass ganja cultivation these days, even in Idukki. Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, excise commissioner Rishi Raj Singh said,
“Odisha, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are the major places of mass ganja cultivation these days and mostly Naxals or ex-Naxals are involved in it. From there, it is being smuggled to Kerala through Tamil Nadu”.
He also added that “Ganja from Kerala, especially Idukki, was in much demand in the international market. Hence, the chances of faking ganja from other parts of the country as Kerala ganja can not be ruled out.”