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Six drug peddlers, including a woman, were arrested in Mizoram’s Champhai town near the Indo-Myanmar border on Sunday, for possessing 1.5 kg of heroin.

State excise and narcotics department spokesperson Peter Zohmingthanga said, “On Sunday, the anti-narcotic squad of excise and narcotics department and volunteers of Champhai’s Zotlang locality intercepted an Aizawl-bound Santro car at Champhai’s Ruantlang locality on Sunday night.”

After search, the anti-narcotic squad was able to recover 1.5 kg of heroin from the car.

The seized heroin packets were concealed in the gearbox, dashboard, and backside of the car, Zohmingthanga said.

The arrested persons have been identified as Lalrinchhana (32), Jacob Lalhriatpuia (28), Malsawmtluanga (28) and Lalnunthanga (23), all belonging to Champhai’s Zotlang locality, and Hmingthansanga (29) and Lallianpari (44), both from Dartetui village, he said.

They were booked under the relevant section of the Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances (ND&PS) Act, 1985.

The contraband, valued at Rs 36 lakh in the local market, was being smuggled from Myanmar.

The six were produced before a special judge of ND &PS Act and were sent to Champhai district jail on Monday.

In another incident, an Assam type housed was gutted at Khawzawl town on Sunday night.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 10 pm when house owner Khuangkimi’s son Lalramliana was in deep slumber.

There was no casualty as Lalremliana escaped unhurt and Khuangkimi was at her neighbour’s house at the time of the incident, police said.

Lalramliana was rushed to Khawzawl district hospital due to suffocation and was discharged on Monday, police said.

The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.


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