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Almost 50K US dollars ‘meant for illegal arms purchases seized in Mizoram

Troops from the 39th Assam Rifles with seized money in Mizoram's Kolasib district on Friday night. Troops from the 39th Assam Rifles with seized money in Mizoram's Kolasib district on Friday night. (Source: Express photo)
Express News Service | Aizwal | Posted: August 30, 2014 4:45 pm

Troops from the paramilitary force Assam Rifles and the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence have seized US $ 48,700 allegedly meant for purchasing illegal arms and arrested one person in Mizoram’s Kolasib district, according to a statement.

Troops from the 39th Assam Rifles and DRI officials intercepted a vehicle near the village of Zanlawn in Mizoram’s Kolasib district on Friday night.

“The seized US Dollars [were] in denominations of 100, 50 and 20 dollar bills,” the statement said, adding the owner has been identified as Khuplianthanga, a resident of Champhai, a town near the international border with Myanmar.

“The seized US currency converted to Indian Rupees is more than 30 lakh rupees,” said the statement, adding a mobile phone recovered from the suspect had contact numbers from Myanmar, and that the money was meant for payments for an arms consignment in Myanmar.

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