Manipur-based militants collected over Rs two lakh from 18 villages on the Mizoram-Manipur border through extortion this year, the Mizoram assembly was told on Monday.
The money amounting to Rs 2,49,400 was collected by the Hmar People's Convention (Democrats) through extortion notes, state Home minister R Lalzirliana said in a written reply to a query from Lalthansanga of the Mizoram People's Conference (MPC).
Lalzirliana said that criminal cases have been registered against the insurgents in Vairengte, Sakawrdai, Ngopa, Bairabi and Saitual Police Stations.
He said many village council presidents handed over the money collected from the villagers at the rate of Rs 200 from government employee and Rs 100 per household to the HPC-D leadership in Manipur's Thingpuikual village on September 10.
The police in some areas seized extortion notes and registered cases against the militants, he added.