Assam Rifles in Mizoram areca nuts
A view of the smuggled areca nuts recovered by Assam Rifles in Champhai district of Mizoram.

In yet another success in its crusade against smuggling activities, the Assam Rifles troops deployed in Mizoram recovered smuggled areca nuts worth Rs 56.16 lakh at Tlangsam in Champhai district.

The consignment was recovered by the Serchhip Battalion of HQ 23 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of Headquarters Inspector General Assam Rifles (East), the HQ IGAR (East) said in a statement.

“The operation was carried out by a joint team of 8 Assam Rifles, 2 Assam Rifles, 11 Assam Rifles and Customs Department, Champhai based on specific information,” the HQ IGAR (East) said in the statement.

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According to HQ IGAR (East), during the operation carried out on Friday, 180 bags of smuggled areca nuts were recovered from Tlangsam in Mizoram’s Champhai district.

“Approximate cost of the recovered areca nuts is Rs 56,16,000,” HQ IGAR (East) informed.

The Customs department of Champhai seized the contraband items and detained one individual on Friday for further legal proceedings, the statement said.

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“Ongoing smuggling of Areca Nuts is a major cause of concern for the state of Mizoram, especially along the India-Myanmar Border,” the Assam Rifles said.

“Assam Rifles, rightly christened as the ‘Sentinels of Northeast’ have continued their efforts against the smuggling activities in Mizoram,” it added.

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