Imphal: Troops of Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) have recovered huge quantities of betel nuts and brown sugar worth over Rs 5 crore in two separate operations carried out in Manipur’s Ukhrul and Tengnoupal districts, respectively, officials said.
Security forces in its efforts to curb illegal activities in the state, especially along the border areas, recovered a huge illegal consignment of betel nuts worth Rs 5 crore from two remote villages under Kasom Khullen Tehsil in Ukhrul district, which is located along the India-Myanmar border.
As per reports, the illegally smuggled items from Myanmar, which were dumped in the remote border areas for black marketing, were seized by the security forces as part of their round-the-clock vigil on February 28.
The recovered items were delivered at the customs department in Imphal for further investigation, reports said.
Similarly, the troops seized suspected brown sugar worth Rs 55 lakh at Tengnoupal check-post near Sita Road junction on February 29.
During a routine checking of vehicles, the search team stopped a suspicious passenger van towards Imphal.
On conducting a thorough checking of the vehicle, the search team found suspected brown sugar weighing 279 gm worth Rs 55 lakh in the international market being transported to the state capital, reports said.
The arrested individuals have been identified as Jamkhomang Baite, the driver, and Thangkhaohao Baite, a passenger, of the vehicle.
The arrested individuals and recovered items have been handed over to the Tengnoupal police station for interrogation, reports added.