Imphal: Chandel Battalion of Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (South) foiled two smuggling attempts in Chandel district on Wednesday.
Based on specific intelligence, the troops of Assam Rifles launched two separate operations in the border areas close to Machi and Moltuk.
The operations resulted in successfully foiling smuggling of contraband from across the border. Further eight smugglers, four vehicles and a large quantum of contraband comprising of betel nuts, cigarettes and timber worth Rs 58.87 Lakh were seized, the Assam Rifles said.
The apprehended insurgents along with seized contraband and vehicles were handed over to forest and police authorities for further legal action, it added.