Elections

Cash, illicit liquor seized ahead of polls

A total of ₹1.38 crore in cash, over six lakh litres of liquor and narcotics worth ₹12.86 crore have been seized by the Election Commission-appointed surveillance and expenditure monitoring teams in poll-bound Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat.

Official data, updated till Tuesday, said suspected illicit cash to the tune of ₹1.18 crore, 3.01 lakh litres of liquor worth ₹5.19 crore and 81 kg of drugs valued at ₹12.86 crore has been siezed in Himachal Pradesh.

About 2.98 kg of gold, allegedly being transported as part of election related inducements, has also been seized in the hill State.

In Gujarat, ₹20 lakh suspected illicit cash, 3.08 lakh litre liquor and 24.38 kg gold and other precious metals has been siezed.

About ₹3.11 lakh has also been seized in the State.

The Election Commission has appointed about 200 election expenditure observers to keep a check on black money and illegal inducements.

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