Security forces seize banned material worth Rs 9 crore, arms and ammunition from Indo-Myanmar border

From Bhupen Goswami

GUWAHATI : Assam Rifles today said it seized smuggled goods worth over 9 crore rupees in a series of joint operations in Mizoram and Manipur. In a joint operation with the Customs Preventive Force, Assam Police seized 39 boxes of foreign-origin cigarettes worth Rs 51.94 lakh from Lavangalai district of Mizoram. In another operation, Assam Rifles seized banned items including betel nut, opium and timber worth Rs 9.24 crore in Tengnaupal district of Manipur. In a joint operation with the Customs Preventive Force, the Serchhip battalion of Assam Rifles recovered 39 boxes of foreign-origin cigarettes worth Rs 51.94 lakh. Earlier on Sunday, loktak battalion of Assam Rifles had also apprehended an active Zeliangrong United Front-Zenchui (JuF-J) cadre from Molhoi village in Bishnupur district of Manipur.

 The official said, in another operation of The Serchip Battalion of Assam Rifles, assam rifles personnel have recovered five live ammunition along with 12 bore rifles.Assam Rifles’ Serchhip battalion recovered arms and ammunition from The Fanchua area near indo-Myanmar border in Mizoram. According to reports, the Serchhip Battalion of HQ 23 Sector Assam Rifles led by Inspector General assam rifles (East) headquarters on May 30, 2021 “conducted a campaign on the basis of a credible information about illegal movement of arms along the Indo-Myanmar border.” In Assam, 136 kg of gun powder has been recovered by lunglei battalion of Assam Rifles from Longpuighat. The operation was carried out under the leadership of HEADQUARTERS IG Assam Rifles East. Assam Rifles was reportedly monitoring smuggling activities for the past few days. According to sources, police had received special information about smuggling at Longpuighat in Waseunit village. After which a joint team of Assam Rifles and police team carried out the operation. Assam Rifles has arrested a man and handed him over to the police in connection with the arms purchase.

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