Assam Rifles seized Rs 55.86 crore worth of brown sugar in the Tengnoupal district of Manipur and detained two Myanmarese nationals for carrying the drugs, the paramilitary force said.
The two alleged Myanmarese smugglers hailing from Tamu town in the neighboring country were spotted by Assam Rifles personnel while conducting routine checking at H Munnom village near the Indo-Myanmar border on Tuesday. "The two were moving in a two-wheeler in a suspicious manner, carrying three carton boxes, and were headed towards Moreh town," the Assam Rifles said.
The Assam Rifles team found 648 soap cases containing brown sugar weighing 27.94 kg as they thoroughly checked the packages. The two Myanmarese nationals and the seized drugs were handed over to the Moreh police station for further necessary legal actions.
Concerned over the development, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh while applauding the Assam Rifles, on his official Facebook page posted "certain Myanmarese and their agents have launched a drugs warfare to wipe out the indigenous population of Manipur."
In a different, development, Manipur Police on Tuesday seized brown sugar weighing 6.12 kg and 4.44 kg of 'World is Yours' tablet from a person in the Tengnoupal district.
(With PTI inputs)