Some of the seized items

Imphal: Assam Rifles troops seized betel nuts and timber worth Rs 4.94 crore from the Kamjong district of Manipur recently.

A total of 1,353 bags of betel nuts with a market value of Rs 2.44 cr and 491 logs of different types of timber worth approximately Rs 2.5 crore were seized in the border villages of Makan, Wanglee and Namlee in the Kamjong district of Manipur.

Based on consistent intelligence input about illegal smuggling of betel nuts and timber through India-Myanmar border, troops of Assam rifles reached the site in early hours of the day and found that the smugglers had fled leaving the huge dumps of contraband items unattended.

It is evident that the illegal timber and betel nuts were smuggled from Myanmar into Namlee and further brought to Wanglee and Makan villages in the state. These items are then further moved into Indian markets through Dimapur to other parts of the country.

However, the constant vigil by Assam rifles led to the seizure of the contraband items. The recovery is one of the largest recoveries of items in the recents times and a major blow to the nexus of illegal activities.

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