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Mizoram witnesses increased flow of illegal smuggling from across the border

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Mizoram witnesses increased flow of illegal smuggling from across the border

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Imphal, May 29:

In recent years, Mizoram has faced significant challenges from drug trafficking, posing a substantial threat to the state’s security and societal well-being. This issue has been exacerbated by the porous and difficult terrain of the Indo-Myanmar Border (IMB) and the ongoing conflicts in neighbouring regions, particularly since February 2021 following the military takeover of administration in Myanmar. The situation has not only led to mass illegal immigration into Mizoram but also increased drug trafficking for revenue generation by Myanmar based Ethnic Armed Groups. The brief period of heightened security situation in Manipur also forced the drug cartels working in Myanmar to explore new routes through the Indo Myanmar Border in Mizoram.
To mitigate these challenges, the security forces ie Assam Rifles, and other state and central security forces have put-in place enhanced border security measures by incorporating latest technologies and deploying advanced surveillance gadgets. These measures have enabled not only effective mitigation of the flow of narcotics across the border but also to address the growing security threats posed by illegal immigration and the flow of war like stores across the border of Myanmar where there are frequent reports of fighting between the junta, ethnic armed groups and inter-factional clashes.
In just five months of 2024, Mizoram based Assam Rifles and other security forces have conducted over 150 operations, resulting in the huge recoveries of narcotics valued at a staggering 415 crore rupees including 60 kg of heroin and 23 lakh methamphetamine tablets. These operations have resulted in the apprehension of 115 suspects including 23 from Myanmar. Apart from narcotics, significant quantities of arms and explosives have also been intercepted, which include 12 weapons, over 4,500 rounds of ammunition, 1,000 kg of explosives and large quantities of other war like stores. These recoveries are a testament to the consistent efforts of the security forces which highlights their unparalleled effectiveness in combating drug trafficking along the Indo-Myanmar Border despite the challenges posed due to the porous border and the complexities of the Free Movement Regime (FMR).
The disturbance in India’s neighbourhood directly impacts the region, as evidenced by substantial drug recoveries in the Northeastern states. A comparative analysis of the recoveries made from the year 2021 to 2024 shows a sharp increase with recoveries of narcotics and contraband worth Rs 140 crore in the year 2021, Rs 360 crore in the year 2022 and Rs 1052 Crore in the year 2023.
The significant illegal influx of immigrants from neighbouring countries, coupled with the challenges of monitoring and employment regulations for these immigrants, poses a significant security threat, with many such immigrants found to be involved in illegal activities. However, as a border guarding force, Assam Rifles in coordination with other security forces remain steadfast in their commitment to safeguarding Mizoram and India.

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