The police arrested an autorickshaw driver on the charge of transporting liquor for distribution among voters at Varambally village in Brahmavar on Saturday.
The Brahmavar police gave the name of the driver as Sadashiva. On receiving a complaint, the police arrested him and seized 12 bottles of liquor.
According to sources in the district administration, some Congress workers caught Sadashiva and informed the police. Some leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party tried to influence the Brahmavar police not to take action against the driver, the sources added.
President of Brahmavar Block Congress Rajesh Shetty Birthi said three persons, including Sadashiva, of the BJP were distributing liquor at Indira Nagar in Varambally village.
They were spotted by Congress workers. Two of them fled the scene. Sadashiva was caught and handed over to the police, Mr. Birthi said.