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Aizawl: At least eight people, including three women, have been arrested for possessing heroin and ganja (cannabis) worth over Rs 13.3 lakh, the police said on Sunday.

The police said that special narcotics squad and CID (special branch) of the state police seized 369.56 gm of heroin during a joint operation at Hringlangtlang village in Champhai district near Myanmar border and arrested three persons, including a woman, on Saturday.

The contraband worth Rs 13 lakh in the local market were concealed in soap cases, they said. Three persons — identified as Lalrinmuani, 23, and Vanlalpeka, 19, both from Aizawl, and Emanuela, 39, a resident of Champhai’s Zotlang — were arrested in connection with the seizure.

They were booked under relevant sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985.

In another seizure, volunteers of Supply Reduction Service (SRS), a drug squad constituted by Central Young Mizo Association(CYMA), also seized substantial amount of heroin and apprehended two persons, identified as Tlangrosiama,38, and Roluahkunga,39, both from Tuirial village, near Aizawl on Saturday night, CYMA president Vanlalruata said.

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The SRS volunteers also held three people, including two women, for possessing 12 kg of ganja (cannabis) at Sesawng village, about 40 km from Aizawl on Saturday night.

The accused, identified as Ralrelvung, Ramthazo and Lalrohluna, all from Parbung village in neihgbouring Manipur, were handed over to excise and narcotics department officials, along with Tlangrosiama and Roluahkunga on the same night, Vanlalruata said.

On Saturday night, SRS volunteers also caught a robber for allegedly stealing Rs 2.6 lakh from CYMA office in Aizawl, a statement issued by CYMA said on Sunday. The accused has been identified Lalduhsanga, 30, a resident of Nursery village in Aizawl.

Lalduhsanga had robbed CYMA office in the wee hours of June 21 and ran away with Rs 2.6 lakh and three mobile phones. He had bought a bike worth Rs 1.47 lakh with the stolen money.

Rs 64,100 was recovered from the accused.

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