AIZAWL, Aug 31 � In an operation conducted by the Assam Rifles, USD 48,700 were seized and one person was arrested near Zanlawn village on Mizoram-Assam border in Kolasib district.
Personnel of the Assam Rifles and the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence intercepted a vehicle Friday night and seized the currency in denominations of 100, 50 and 20 dollars, an official release said here yesterday.
The seized US currency is worth more than Rs 30 lakh, and the seizure was one of the biggest in recent times.
On frisking the accused, identified as Khuplianthanga from Mizoram-Myanmar border Champhai town, a mobile phone with contact numbers from Myanmar was also recovered, and the arrested suspect was allegedly carrying the dollars to make payment for an arms consignment from Myanmar, the release said.
The contraband, reportedly smuggled from Myanmar was allegedly meant for the use of a Chakma insurgent outfit � Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samity (PCJSS), a faction of the Shanti Bahini led by Santularma, operating in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh, it said. � PTI