30 cases booked for distributing cash, liquor
All arrangements have been made for the Kovur by-election on Sunday with the authorities starting transportation of electronic voting machines and other polling material and staff to respective polling stations from tonight.
Heavy bandobust arrangements have been made with the deployment of three additional SPs, 12 DSPs, 50 CIs, 131 SIs, 335 ASIs and HCs, 1,245 constables, 84 women constables, 285 home guards, 300 each of armed reserve force and APSP battalion and five companies of central paramilitary forces.
Over 30 cases were filed in different places against some persons for distributing cash and liquor and also gifts. The gifts included silver ornaments, watches and cricket kits.
Collector B. Sridhar, Guntur range IG Harish Kumar Gupta, SP B.V. Ramana Kumar and other officials supervised the arrangements for distribution of polling material and its transportation from Polytechnic College in Kovur town.
So far, 225 liquor cartons had been seized since the electioneering began. Ten mobile teams consisting officials from the excise, police and the revenue departments seized 60 liquor cartons from 5 p.m. on Friday to this morning. The teams would keep a watch throughout the night on the given routes, according to excise deputy commissioner P. Nageswara Rao.
Since Friday night, officials intensified vigil all over segment. In Indukuripeta mandal, officials seized 1,081 watches and 1,452 silver lamps, all worth Rs. 20 lakh. These were reportedly meant for distribution among voters. Five other cases were registered and cash amounting to Rs. 50,000 was seized in same mandal.
Silver anklets, sarees
In Kodavalur, officials seized silver anklets weighing 3 kg and 37 sarees. In various cases in Vidavaluru mandal, cash amounting to nearly Rs. 1 lakh and 1,248 quarter bottles of liquor were recovered.