CHAMPHAI: In yet another success in its crusade against smuggling activities, the Serchhip Battalion of 23 Sector of the Assam Rifles, under the aegis of Headquarters Inspector General Assam Rifles (East) seized 40 cases of foreign-origin cigarettes from the general area of Ruantlang, Champhai district in Mizoram on Friday.
Based on specific information, the operation was carried out by a joint team of Assam Rifles and Customs Department of Champhai. The approximate market value of the seized foreign-origin cigarettes is Rs 52,00,000.
The recovered items were handed over to the Customs Preventive Force Champhai, Champhai District. They also detained an individual for further legal proceedings.
The ongoing smuggling of drugs is a major cause of concern for the State of Mizoram, especially along the India-Myanmar Border. The Assam Rifles -- christened as the 'Sentinels of Northeast' -- have continued their efforts against the smuggling activities in Mizoram, stated a press release.