IMPHAL: Troops of Assam Rifles along with Police and NCB have unearthed and seized narcotics and contraband worth Rs 167 crore over the past two day in Moreh and Chandel.
In a well planned and orchestrated operation based on hard intelligence, Assam Rifles raided two locations in the border town of Moreh in Manipur on Monday morning along with Police and NCB, IGAR(S) said in a press release.
The raid unearthed a large haul of narcotics and contrabands estimated to be worth over Rs 165 crore. One foreign made pistol and a gun along with ammunition were also seized, the IGAR(S) said.
Two Myanmar and four Indian traffickers were apprehended by the team, as per the release by the IGAR(S).
With the mandate to curb cross border smuggling through the porous international border with Myanmar, Assam Rifles has been at the forefront to combat narco terrorism and insurgency in the North East.
In another incident, troops of Assam Rifles intercepted a large narcotics consignment worth Rs 2.92 crores on Larong-Khongjol route in Chandel being smuggled from Myanmar on Tuesday.
IGAR(S) said in a press release that based on a specific intelligence regarding the movement of narcotics consignment from Myanmar to Chandel, a swift operation was launched and intercepted two individuals moving on a motorcycle carrying brown sugar worth Rs 2.92.
The seized narcotics were handed over to Chandel police for further disposal and investigation, the IGAR(S) said.
There is a major concern due to the rise in drug addiction among youth of the region for which Assam Rifles is carrying out extensive operations in close coordination with civil administration and police for controlling the drug peddling nexus in the region.