Aizawl, August 21, 2019:

In yet another crackdown on trans-border smuggling activities in Mizoram, a column of the Serchhip Battalion of Assam Rifles, under the aegis of 23 Sector Assam Rifles/IGAR (East), launched a joint operation with Police in Samthang in Champhai district of Mizoram.

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In the operation that was conducted during the wee hours of Wednesday, August 21, the security forces recovered a cache of three AK-56 weapons, along with three magazines of ammunition. A Myanmar national was apprehended during the raid.

A press release issued by IW Cell 23 Sector of Assam Rifles stated that the weapons were discreetly hidden in a house in Samthang Village, Champhai.

The seized individual, along with the arms, was handed over by Assam Rifles to Champhai Police for further investigation.

In recent times, Mizoram state has seen a spike in smuggling activities of items such as weapons, drugs, gold and exotic animals.

It is believed that most of the smuggling takes place through the porous Indo-Myanmar border and the security forces believe that the situation is being exploited by smuggling cartels to carry out large scale cross-border illegal activities.

It may be mentioned here that on August 4, the team of Assam Rifles had recovered 199 live rounds of ammunition and apprehended two persons carrying the illegal items.

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