Troops of 12 Assam Rifles apprehended an alleged ‘drug smuggler’ carrying Heroin and WY(World is Yours) tablets worth Rs 1.70 crores at the permanent vehicle check post at Khudengthabi.
Khudengthabi is about 100 km south of Imphal along the Imphal-Moreh highway in Manipur’s Tengnoupal district on Monday.
“On 21 May, at around 12 noon, based on specific input regarding the smuggling of contraband items, a Silver coloured Maruti Eeco Van travelling from Moreh to Imphal was stopped for checking at Khudengthabi,” says PRO Assam Rifles (South) in a press release on Monday. “While frisking and carrying out thorough check of the vehicle and driver, a total of 230 grams of Heroin and 11000 numbers of WY tablets worth Rs 1.70 crores were found hidden inside the tool kit bag of the driver of the Van.”
During interrogation, the driver, a 55 year old individual who is a resident of Tengnoupal district, revealed that he was carrying the contraband items to Churachandpur (district) for a promised sum of Rs 15,000 on delivery at Churachandpur.
The apprehendee along with the recovered items was handed over to Moreh Police station for further investigation.
Since January 2018 Assam Rifles has seized contraband drugs worth Rs 43 crores along the 110km Imphal-Moreh sector of the National Highway 102, the PRO added.
Meanwhile based on input received from 6 Assam Rifles about few illegal immigrants residing in the areas of Khurai and Hatta of Imphal East District, an operation was launched by Imphal East Police Commandos on Sunday and eight illegal immigrants including three females and a child from Myanmar were apprehended, stated the release.
The individuals were found in possession of fake identity proofs and reportedly entered India through Bangladesh. Further interrogation was in progress till the filing this report.