Assam Rifles recovers smuggled medicines

Imphal: Troops of Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) apprehended two persons who were trying to smuggle medicines to Myanmar.

The Assam Rifles said in the current COVID pandemic, medicines are the most sought after commodity by one and all. Taking advantage of the increased demand of medicines, the inimical elements of the society are trying to make profits by smuggling medicines across the Indo-Myanmar border.

Based on the specific inputs, on July 23 at around 6 am, troops of Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) activated the Check Post at Bungdung in Kamjong district and at around 9 am, two Shaktiman trucks bearing registration numbers MN 04A 1079  and MN 03P 0696, moving from Imphal to Wanglee were stopped for checking. On enquiry from drivers, they produced 14 tax invoices of drugs and medicines worth Rs. 7,90,357. The drivers Shanireingam and Varekam informed that they were going to cross the border into Myanmar near Wanglee village, Assam Rifles said in a press release.

On detailed scrutiny of the invoice receipts, it was observed that the tax invoices are not stamped by any authorised seller and were fake. The vehicles along with the drivers were taken to Kasom Khullen Police station and the total 92 boxes present in the two vehicles were unloaded and locked up in cell of  Kasom Khullen Police Station at around 8:15 pm of the day. Since no electricity was available at Kasom Khullen Police station, physical verification of the recovered items was carried out at 11am on the next day in the presence of Assam Rifles troops and police. The approximate value of  the medicines was found to be 12 Lakhs, which is more than the value of Rs. 7.9 lakhs as mentioned in the tax invoice, it added.

The recovered medicines along with the drivers were handed over to Kasom Khullen Police station for further legal actions.

Assam Rifles is committed to curbing the illegal smuggling activities that are detrimental to the interests of the society as a whole, the release said.

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