Imphal: Tengnoupal Batallion of 26 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (South) foiled smuggling attempt of organic sarpagandha (Indian Snakeroot) an endangered plant species and footwear near Bongyang, Tengnoupal district.
During routine patrolling, the troops intercepted few individuals. On seeing the troops, the individuals panicked and ran away disappearing into the jungle.
This troops carried out thorough checking of the area and recovered 25 gunny bags of Organic Sarpagandha and 25 gunny bags of illegal items worth Rs 52.15 lakh.
The recovered items have been handed over to forest department and Customs department respectively, the Assam Rifles said.