Agartala: Security forces in Tripura seized contraband goods worth Rs 74 lakhs from the West Tripura district. The seized goods consisting of various contraband items amounted to a total of 493 kilograms, stated the official report released by the Assam Rifles.
The goods were rescued in a joint operation by Assam Rifles and Director Revenue Intelligence and Customs Department.
"A joint operation by Assam Rifles along with Director Revenue Intelligence and Customs Department in Tripura yielded 493 Kilograms of various contraband goods, the worth of which, is around Rs 74 lakhs. The goods were seized in Simna in West Tripura district," Assam Rifles said on Saturday.
Notably, the seizure of the goods bring to light the current narcotic and contraband scenario in the state, where illegal peddlers carry ganja, drugs and all kinds of electronic equipments in bulk quantity. The total worth of each of these cases even amount to crores of rupees. Reportedly, several persons have been arrested in the past year in contraband seizure cases in Tripura.
It is worth mentioning that the seized goods are variously distributed for illegal businesses in the northeastern states and the neighbouring country of Bangladesh.
Troops of Border Security Force (BSF), Assam Rifles, Agartala Police and Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) have consistently detained persons involved in these cases, and tried to make sure that illegal transport of these goods is decreased in the state.
The last such case of contraband seizure in Agartala took place in December 14 when an Assam-bound truck loaded with ganja (cannabis) was caught by Tripura police in the state's Khowai district. According to official reports, the entire load of cannabis amounted to a whopping 1 crore. Earlier on December 1, reports of mobile phones, pendrives and 5 kilograms of cannabis rescued from inside the Agartala Central jail sent waves of shock amongst state authorities.
Reportedly, several other instances of seizing smuggled contraband came to light in the state throughout August and July last year. The smugglers mostly carried cough syrup bottles, cash money, mobile phones and drugs.
Notably, the Tripura government had asked different authorities in the state, district and border levels to enforce strict verification of items carried by people.
The BSF and BGB also discussed the issue in their 51st DG-level Border Talks and resolved to keep the illegal smuggling of contraband under control.