New Delhi, May 19 -- The Haryana horticulture department has launched a crackdown on the illegal cultivation of genetically modified brinjal or eggplant in Fatehabad district, a top official said on Friday, adding the plants had been "uprooted and deeply buried".

The state government also shared images of officials burying the Bt brinjal plants in a trench.

GM brinjal isn't legal in India.

Arjun Saini, director general of horticulture, Haryana, said "The government is very serious about this issue. Environment department will take further measures like investigation and FIR as per the law."

Dhirendra Khadgata, deputy commissioner, Fatehabad, said no FIR has been registered. The Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) under the Un...