Manipur police has arrested three youths for allegedly trying to smuggle Covid-19 vaccines and other medicines to neighbouring Myanmar.

Police said they were arrested on Sunday when they tried to smuggle huge cache of Covishield vaccine, Remdesivir injections and other medicines to Burma in a vehicle.

A team of police led by Officer-in-Charge of Singjamei police station Inspector N. Jadumani Singh were conducting checking of passersby and vehicles in Canchipur area near Heijingang Super Market along National Highway-2 when the three youths were nabbed with the medicines.

The arrested youths have been identified as Mohammad Feroz Khan, 30, Imran Khan, 22 and Shubham Kumar Anand, 23.

Feroz and Imran are residents of Manipur while Shubham is a resident of Katihar district of Bihar presently staying in Imphal.

A local court in Manipur on Tuesday sent them to police custody till Friday.

They have confessed that the medicines were to be transported to Myanmar through the Moreh border.

Officials said that interrogation of the youths is on to find out the source of the seized medicines, vaccines and whether any more people are involved in the racket.

Highly addictive stimulant drugs mostly methamphetamine, foreign-origin cigarettes, arms and ammunition and various other contraband are often smuggled from Myanmar.

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