Assam Rifles
The recovered heroin.

The Assam Rifles personnel deployed in Mizoram have recovered heroin worth Rs 1.03 crore and areca nuts worth Rs 13.99 lakh in two separate operations in the Champhai district.

The HQ IGAR (East) in a press statement on Monday said as part of their crusade against smuggling activities, the Serchhip Battalion of 23 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ Inspector General Assam Rifles (East) recovered 259 gms of heroin from Tyaokawn area in Mizoram on Sunday.

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

The approximate market value of the recovered heroin is Rs. 1,03,60,000.

The recovered items were handed over to the Customs department of Champhai for further legal proceedings, the HQ IGAR (East) mentioned in its statement.

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“Ongoing smuggling of drugs 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,” it added.

Areca nuts
The recovered areca nuts and the arrested individuals.

In another statement, the HQ IGAR (East) said the Serchhip Battalion of 23 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ Inspector General Assam Rifles (East) recovered 55 bags of areca nuts from Ruantlang area in Champhai.

The approximate value of the recovered items would be Rs 13,99,200, the statement said.

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The operation was carried out on October 2, 2021.

“The operation was carried out by a joint team of Assam Rifles and Customs Department, Champhai based on specific information,” the statement said.

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The Customs department of Champhai district later seized the contraband items and detained two individuals on October 2, 2021 for further legal proceedings, the HQ IGAR (East) informed.

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