Betel leave seized amid lockdown prohibition

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Imphal: A joint team of Indeginous People’s Association of Kangleipak (IPAK) and Kangleipak Students’ Association (KSA) seized a huge quantity of betel leaves on Friday night amid COVID-19 lockdown and government’s order to stop importing tobacco and its allies including betel leaves.

The organisations have cautioned the driver and owner to surrender within three days.

Publicity Secretary, IPAK, RK Pritam and Secretary General, KSA, Seram Hemjit Meitei in a press statement mentioned that the huge quantity of betel leaves were seized from Kotlen area along national highway 37 (Imphal- Jiribam).

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The huge betel leaves of 90 baskets were brought in a truck bearing registration number NL-01G-9159. The drive was conducted along with a team of New Keithelmanbi police station based on a reliable information received by the KSA and IPAK. The seized betel leaves were buried at a place under the jurisdiction of the police station on Saturday.

The organisations expressed gratitude towards Kuki Students’ Block (KSO) Moltam block, Kangpokpi district and villagers of Kotlen for extending their help while burying the seized betel leaves.

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It informed the owner of the truck, Rajiv Kapoor and transport arranger, Pratap of Lamdeng Bazar to surrender to KSA and IPAK within three days.

During the lockdown, the state government has suspended importing of non-essential items in the state but number of non-essential items have been imported illegally through the two national highways. The two organisations will started monitoring the transport vehicles, the statement said.

They appeals to the department concerned to monitor the issue immediately.

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