Imphal, July 7:
Assam Rifles has been resolute in curbing trans border smuggling of cash, illegal consignments and other items and has been at the forefront of foiling the plans of smuggler and insurgents alike.
Troops of Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South), on 05 Jul 2020 at 1830 hrs, during regular vehicle check at Mobile Vehicle Check Post Sita, stopped an individual named MrKhulpuwaMoshil, Age 27 yrs, S/o KhulpuwaKonai, PO Pallel , Tegnoupal, riding a Kenbo bike carrying a rice bag. 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 KhampangKhunou.
In another such incident , based on specific input received at 1700h, team of Assam Rifles intercepted a Maruti Suzuki Swift Regn No MN 01AK 2904 driven by MrOinamChakrabarti Singh, r/o villThoubal , Age-31 yrs, in General Area KhunbiTuinam. After carrying out a thorough check of the vehicle 5400 packets of imported cigarettes worth lakhs were recovered. They were being carried without a valid permit or documents.
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.
Assam Rifles has recovered huge amount of illegal consignments during the lockdown which is a testament to the resolve of the security forces to reduce the trans border smuggling and make Manipur a safe state. Moreover, it’s time that the unholy nexus is exposed and the latent insurgency is hit sequentially, the larger interest of national integrity is paramount than the petty local illegal trail presentating a roadblock to sustained growth and end of insurgency in the north east.