In a significant win in the fight against smuggling activities, the Serchhip Battalion of 23 Sector Assam Rifles, in a joint operation with the Customs Department, LCS Zokhawthar, recovered 77 cases of foreign-origin cigarettes worth Rs 1.155 crore near Melbuk Xg at Zokhawthar on Wednesday.
The operation was conducted based on specific information under the Inspector General of Assam Rifles (East), and the seized consignment was handed over to the Customs Department for further legal proceedings. This successful operation is yet another step taken by the Assam Rifles to combat the ongoing smuggling of illegal items in the state of Mizoram.
According to officials, the approximate cost of the recovered foreign-origin cigarettes is Rs 1.155 crore, highlighting the magnitude of the operation. The officials also commended the Assam Rifles, christened as the ‘Sentinels of Northeast,’ for their successful operations against smuggling activities in Mizoram.
Last month, in another joint operation with the Customs Department Champhai, Assam Rifles recovered foreign cigarettes worth Rs 1.57 crore from Mizoram’s Tlangsam village. These operations highlight the commitment of the Assam Rifles in fighting against smuggling activities and maintaining peace in the region.
The ongoing smuggling of illegal items is a major cause of concern for the state of Mizoram, and such successful operations serve as a reminder to smugglers that their activities will not be tolerated. These efforts by the Assam Rifles and other authorities are critical in ensuring the safety and well-being of citizens in the region.