In a major successful operation against anti-national activities, Assam Rifles on Thursday recovered huge cache of arms, ammunition and other war-like stores in Mizoram’s southernmost Lawngtlai district near the Indo-Myanmar border, an Assam Rifles officer said. 

The officer said that the arms, ammunition and war-like stores were recovered from a forest near Hmawngbu village about 3 km north of the Indo-Myanmar border. 

The operation was carried out jointly by Assam Rifles troopers posted at  Zorinpui, the southern tip of Mizoram on the Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project (KMMTTP) road and state police from Bungtlang based on specific information.  

The recovered weapons included 3 pistols, 174 live rounds, 3 kg of explosive, 9 detonators and other stores, including mobile phone modified IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices), he said. 

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No person was arrested in connection with the recoveries, he said. 

In another major achievement, Assam Rifles and Customs department also seized 502 cases of smuggled foreign cigarettes on Ruantlang and Kelkang- Khaungleng road in Champhai district near the Myanmar border during a joint operation on Thursday, the officer said. 

Three persons have been arrested in connection with the seizure, he said. 

The contraband worth Rs 6.52 crore is believed to be the biggest haul of smuggled goods ever made this year, he said. 

He added that the three accused and illegal goods were handed over to the Customs department for further legal proceedings. 

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