Imphal: A team of the Serchhip Battalion of 23 Sector Assam Rifles recovered 2250 kgs of areca nut worth Rs 9,51,750 in General Area Hmunhmeltha along Indo-Myanmar Border, Champhai district.

The Assam Rifles in a statement said that the operation was carried out by a joint team of 8 Assam Rifles, 2 Assam Rifles and a rep of the Customs Department, Champhai based on specific information.

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The team said that the approximate cost of the recovered areca nut is Rs 9,51,750. 

The Customs Department seized the contraband items for further legal proceedings.    

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The Assam Rifles in a statement said, “Ongoing smuggling of areca nut is a major cause of concern for the state of Mizoram, especially along the India-Myanmar Border. Assam Rifles, rightly christened as the ‘Sentinels of Northeast’ have continued their efforts against the smuggling activities in Mizoram.”

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