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The Assam Rifles in the last three days foiled major smuggling attempts in Chandel district of Manipur.
Between January 7 to 10, the paramilitary force intercepted multiple vehicles along the Indo-Myanmar border and recovered illegal goods worth crores.
In an operation launched on January 7, the team recovered smuggled clothes, betel leaves and WIN cigarettes estimated to be worth over ₹ 1.5 crore near Wamku.
On the same date, while conducting a parallel operation, the team recovered textiles and shoes worth over ₹ 1.89 crore from Monsang Pantha and Khonjol area of Manipur.
Following this, on January 8, the troops recovered footwear and electronic items worth ₹ 61 lakh near Wamku junction.
The contraband items recovered during these three operations are estimated to be worth over ₹ 4 crores.
The smuggled goods which include items such as clothing, shoes, liquor, cosmetics, household goods and wood are suspected to be of Chinese origin, and make their way into India via the porous borders of Myanmar.
Apparently, the smuggled goods being infused in the supply chain system of India have become a matter of great concern.
While the security forces are keeping a vigil over such activities, the goods infused into India via these channels affect the Indian economy.
(Edited by Shankar Turha)