IMPHAL: Troops of Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South), during regular vehicle check at Mobile Vehicle Check Post Sita, stopped an individual named Khulpuwa Moshil, aged about 27 years, son of Khulpuwa Konai, PO Pallel , Tengnoupal, riding a Kenbo bike and carrying a rice bag at 6.30 pm on Sunday. On thorough checking, cash bundles amounting to Rs 21 lakhs were found hidden inside the rice bag. The cash is suspected to be extortion/ illegal money. The individual was carrying the cash from Heirok to Khampang Khunou.
In another such incident, based on specific input received, a team of Assam Rifles intercepted a Maruti Suzuki Swift Regn No MN 01AK 2904 driven by Oinam Chakrabarti Singh, 31 years, from Thoubal , at Khunbi Tuinam. After carrying out a thorough check of the vehicle 5400 packets of imported cigarettes worth lakhs of rupees were recovered. They were being carried without a valid permit or documents.
According to the paramilitary, due to the COVID-19 lockdown, people of NE as well as the insurgent groups are facing financial troubles. The drug dealers and insurgents have resorted to using unsuspecting tribals and making them conduit in lure of petty returns to further their nefarious designs. Moreover, the insurgents have resorted to extortion from locals to compensate for their depleting finances in view of lock down.
The recovered items along with the detainees have been handed over to Tengnoupal Police Station and the Superintendent Customs Protection Force, Pallel for further legal action.