Erode (East) bypoll | Unaccounted for cash, liquor, worth over ₹65 lakh, seized so far

Static and flying surveillance teams were formed to prevent the distribution of cash and gift items to voters, and to monitor violations of the model code of conduct for the Erode (East) Assembly byelection

Updated - February 25, 2023 02:40 pm IST

Published - February 25, 2023 12:30 pm IST - ERODE

Members of the Flying Surveillance Team along with paramilitary personnel checking a vehicle in the Erode (East) Assembly constituency last week

Members of the Flying Surveillance Team along with paramilitary personnel checking a vehicle in the Erode (East) Assembly constituency last week | Photo Credit: Govarthan M

Election officials have, so far, seized unaccounted for cash to the tune of ₹51.31 lakh and ganja, liquor bottles and drug tablets worth ₹14.07 lakh, since the model code of conduct (MCC) into force from January 18, for the Erode (East) Assembly byelection, scheduled to be held on February 27.

Static surveillance teams (SSTs) and flying surveillance teams (FSTs) were formed to prevent the distribution of cash and gift items to voters, and to monitor violations of the MCC. Erode District Election Officer and Collector H. Krishnanunni had also asked individuals to ensure they had valid documents if they were carrying cash above ₹50,000 and articles and gifts worth ₹10,000 or more.

Teams that function round-the-clock, have, as of Saturday, seized cash amounting to ₹51,31,590 for want of documents from motorists. Also, toddy and liquor bottles worth ₹12,47,800 and ganja and drug tablets worth ₹1,33,890 were seized. “The total seizure amount stood at ₹65,13,280 as on February 25,” said an election official.

The counting of votes will take place on March 2. 

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