The Chandel Battalion Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (South) foiled smuggling of illegal timber in Chandel district along the Indo-Myanmar Border on 10 February.
Acting on specific intelligence, regarding smuggling of goods across the Indo Myanmar border into Chandel district, Assam Rifles troops launched a search operation and intercepted two vehicles plying with illegal timber and apprehended five smugglers near New Songyang village in Chandel district of Manipur.
The market value of the recovered timber is assessed to be worth over Rs. 28 Lakh.
The detainees were identified as Paoginthang Haokip resident of Chikina Tengnoupal, Thenial Pulamte resident of Purumkholen, Senapati, Paominum Thouthang resident of Langkichol Veng, Tengnoupal, Jamlet Khongsai resident of Moreh, Jamkholum Mate resident of Zolenphai, Moreh.
The recovered wood alongwith the detainees and vehicles were handed over to District Forest Department for further legal action.
IGAR(S) Press Release, 11 Feb 2021