Huge cash hidden inside rice bag recovered

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Imphal: In continuation of its effort in curbing trans border smuggling of cash, illegal consignments and other items, Assam Rifles which ‘has been at the forefront of foiling the plans of smuggler and insurgents alike’ recovered Rs 21 lakh hidden inside a rice bag on Sunday.

​Troops of Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South), on Sunday at 6: 30 pm, during regular vehicle check at Mobile Vehicle Check Post Sita, stopped an individual, Khulpuwa Moshil, 27, son of Khulpuwa Konai, PO Pallel , Tegnoupal, riding a Kenbo bike  carrying a rice bag. On thorough checking, cash bundles amounting to Rs 21 lakh 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 Khampang Khunou, Assam Rifles said in a press release on Monday.

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​In another such incident, based on specific input received at 5 pm of the same day, team of Assam Rifles intercepted a Maruti Suzuki Swift bearing registration number MN 01AK  2904 driven by Oinam Chakrabarti Singh, 31, resident of Thoubal , in general Area Khunbi Tuinam. 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, it said.

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​”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 said.

​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, it added.

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​The recovered items along with the detainees have been handed over to  Tengnopal Police station and the Superintendent Customs Protection Force, Pallel for further legal action, the release said.

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