The HQ IGAR (East) in a statement informed that the areca nuts were recovered during an operation carried out by the Serchhip Battalion of HQ 23 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ Inspector General Assam Rifles (East) on Sunday.
During the operation, the Assam Rifles troops recovered 521 bags of areca nuts.
“The operation was carried out by a joint team of 8 Assam Rifles, 2 Assam Rifles and Customs department, Champhai based on specific information,” the statement said.
“Approximate cost of the recovered areca nuts is Rs 1,03,54,500,” it stated.
The Customs department, Champhai seized the contraband items on Sunday for further legal proceedings, it added.
“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,” the statement said.
Earlier on Friday, the Serchhip Battalion of HQ 23 Sector Assam Rifles recovered 180 bags of areca nuts on Melbuk-Champhai Road in Champhai district of Mizoram.
The approximate value of the recovered items was estimated to be Rs 34,34,400.
The operation was carried out by a joint team of Assam Rifles and Customs department, Champhai based on specific information.
The Customs department of Champhai seized the contraband items on Friday for further legal proceedings, Assam Rifles informed.