The cell is headed by Lalhriatrenga Chhangte. A former deputy controller of mines at Indian Bureau of Mines, he unsuccessfully contested Lok Sabha polls as Independent and joined the BJP earlier this month.
State excise and narcotics department spokesperson Peter Zohmingthanga said the tablets, reportedly smuggled from Myanmar, were worth around Rs 15 crore in the local market at the rate of Rs 250 per tablet.
Earlier this month, the state government had passed an order, saying that owners of liquor warehouses, vendors and those holding liquor licences in clubs, government lodgings or hotels should “dispose of all their stocks before March 31”.
The CM said that the “large scale influx of foreigners and their malafide assimilation” with the permanent residents in the villages of Mizoram has led to an “abnormal increase in the population” and poses a law and order threat.
Rajasekharan’s entry to the poll fray would set the stage for a triangular contest in the seat, where Congress is set to field sitting MP Shashi Tharoor and the LDF has nominated CPI legislator C Divakaran.
Despite efforts by the state government, the NGOs, including the apex students’ body Mizo Zirlai Pawl MZP and the Young Mizo Association (YMA) boycotted Republic Day celebrations in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.