Serchhip Battalion of 23 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of Inspector General Assam Rifles (East), on Wednesday, recovered 190 cases of foreign-origin cigarettes worth Rs 2.47 crore from the New Zotlang area of Champhai district.
The operation was carried out by a joint team of Assam Rifles and Custom Preventive Force, Champhai based on specific information.
A senior official of Assam Rifles said that the Assam Rifles team recovered the items which were dumped in the New Zotlang area.
The approximate cost of the recovered foreign-origin cigarettes is Rs 2.47 crore.
"The Assam Rifles team recovered the items which were dumped in the Zotlang area. The approximate cost of the recovered foreign-origin cigarette is Rs 2,47,00,000. The seized items were handed over to the Customs department, Champhai for further legal proceedings," the official said.
The ongoing smuggling of foreign-origin cigarettes is a major cause of concern for the state of Mizoram, especially along the India-Myanmar border.
Assam Rifles, rightly christened as the 'Sentinels of Northeast' have continued their efforts against the smuggling activities in Mizoram.
(With inputs from ANI)