IMPHAL: In continuation of its crusade against smuggling in the border villages of Ukhrul district, Somsai Battalion of 10 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) intercepted three trucks carrying smuggled betel nuts at the Vehicle Check Post on Ukhrul-Tadubi road.
At around 09:45 pm on Friday, during a routine checking of the vehicles, troops of Tadubi Post stopped three TATA 407 trucks and on carrying out a check of the vehicles, it was found that each truck was carrying 2,000 Kilograms of Betel nuts, IGAR(S) said in a press release. The drivers were not in possession of any authority papers or challan. It was ascertained that the load of Betel nuts belonged to a dealer from Ukhrul Bazaar and was being transported to Mao gate.
The recovered contraband load has been handed over to customs department at Imphal and its approximately market value is Rupees 18 Lakh, IGAR(S) said.