Patrappa, Assistant Sub-Inspector of police, was on Monday placed under suspension and two persons were arrested for breach of the election code of conduct.
They were found with Rs. 45,000 in cash, allegedly for distribution to voters on behalf of the Bharatiya Janata Party, it was learnt.
Chandragupta, Superintendent of Police, told The Hindu that on seeing the team that has been formed for enforcing the election code led by Karigowda, Assistant Commissioner, Hospet, two persons, Shivakumar of Hospet and Sajjid of Bangalore, handed over Rs. 45,000 in cash to Mr. Patrappa, who pocketed it.
After finding the cash, the team questioned the trio, who failed to give a convincing reply. Suspecting that they were involved in violation of election code, the team took them to custody. After preliminary inquiry, Mr. Patrappa was placed under suspension, while the two others were arrested, Dr. Chandragupta said.
In another incident, a village accountant has seized Rs. 1.88 lakh in cash while some people were distributing money among the voters at Sangankal village. However, those involved in the distribution managed to escape.
So far, the election officials have seized Rs. 30 lakh in cash, according to Amlan Aditya Biswas, Deputy Commissioner and district Election Officer.
Congress leaders, led by KPCC president G. Parameshwara, met Mr. Biswas and submitted a memorandum. In the memorandum, they urged the police to step up the security and vigilance to prevent electoral malpractices.
Dr. Parameshwara expressed concern over the distribution of money, and atrocities allegedly committed by supporters of B. Sriramulu, Independent candidate. He alleged that some persons tried to prevent Congress leader Siddaramaiah from canvassing in Allipur area on Sunday. “We are concerned about the flow of money and have urged Mr. Biswas to take appropriate steps to curb such activities,” he told presspersons here on Monday.