AIZAWL, July 14: Concerned over “rampant smuggling” of illicit liquor and drugs into Mizoram from Manipur, the womenfolk of Khawkawn village in Mizoram have come forward to guard the inter-State border against the illicit trade. There is daily maxicab service between Aizawl and Churachandpur through this route. 

Khawkawn village, situated near the Tuivai boundary river, is an entry point in Mizoram while travelling from Manipur on this National Highway 102 B. Since the Mizo National Front (MNF) Government declared Mizoram a dry State recently, bootlegging has reared its ugly head again. 

According to Khawkawn unit of Mizo Hmeichhe Insuihkhawm Pawl (State’s apex women body), there has been a spurt in smuggling of contraband, mainly popular Manipur local liquor Sekmai, from the neighbouring State. “In the absence of Excise and Narcotic police checkgate in this border point, smugglers have been freely transporting illicit liquor and ganja into Mizoram through this route. 

We have detailed volunteers, in association with Young Mizo Association, to stand guard at the border point 24x7 to check smuggling of illicit liquor since a few days back. We have poured the seized liquor onto the Tuivai river,” said Lalbuatsaihi, secretary of Khawkawn unit of MHIP. The MHIP further demanded the State Government to set up police checkgate at the border as this National Highway has become a safe route for smugglers. 

“We have repeatedly urged the Govt to set up Excise and Narcotic checkgate and Veterinary checkgate, this one to check import of poultry and pigs, but to no avail till date,” she fumed. ~Assam Tribune

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