Imphal: At a time when people are collectively fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic, there are reports of some miscreants in Manipur taking advantage of the increasing demands of medicines through unethical manner.
Likewise, troops of Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (south) arrested drivers and co-drivers of two Shaktiman trucks in Kamjong district while they were trying to smuggle the medicines and drugs worth at least Rs 12 lakh across the India-Myanmar border on July 23, said the official.
The arrested drivers have been identified as Shanreingam and Varekam, however, the details of the co-drivers are not mentioned on the official statement.
According to the official, based on the specific information, the security forces activated a check-post at Bungdung village and intercepted two Shaktiman trucks coming from Imphal to Wanglee.
On inquiry, they produced 14 tax invoices of drugs and medicines worth Rs 7.9 lakh, however, on detailed scrutiny on the invoice receipts, the documents were found to be fake since the receipts were not stamped by an authorised seller, it said.
Moreover, the troops recovered a total of 92 boxes of medicines and drugs from the trucks which are approximately worth Rs 12 lakh, which is more than the value mentioned on the tax invoice.
During the interrogation, the arrested individuals disclosed that they were going to cross the border into Myanmar near Wanglee village in Kamjong district.
The recovered medicines and individuals along with the vehicles have been handed over to Kasom Khullen Police Station in Kamjong district for further investigation.
Assam Rifles is committed to curbing the illegal smuggling activities that are detrimental to the interest of society as a whole, it said.