Assam Rifles and Customs department have recovered around 40,000 kg of areca nuts worth Rs 1.56 crore during a joint operation at Khuangphah village in Champhai district near the Myanmar border on Friday, Assam Rifles said in a statement.

The operation was carried out based on specific information, it said.

The customs department seized the illegal trade items for further legal proceedings.

Ongoing smuggling of areca nuts 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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