GUWAHATI: With Assam going for the first phase of assembly polls on March 27, the circulation of black money in the state has increased significantly. The Election Commission has engaged several agencies to curb the menace of illegal transaction of money during the election.
Continuing its bid to ensure free and fair election, the flying squad have seized Rs 13.18 lakh cash in two different operations this evening in Baksa district.
In the first instance, flying squad seized Rs 11 lakh cash from a person carrying the amount in his two wheeler. The seizure was made at Tamulpur in the presence of the District Magistrate and local police.
In the second case, flying squad seized Rs 2.18 lakh cash from another person on the Kumarikata-Jalah highway. Investigation in both the cases is on.
With today’s seizure, the agencies have seized cash to the tune of Rs 12.30 crore. Moreover, liquor worth Rs 17.82 crore, gold and silver ornaments worth Rs 2.82 crore, drugs valued at Rs 27.13 crore and contraband tablets worth Rs 4.88 crore have been seized from various parts of the poll-bound state.
On the other hand, police also recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition in Kokrajhar on March 14. The recovery includes two AK 56 rifles, two AK magazines, 29 rounds of bullets and a revolver.
Ever since election in the state has been announced on February 26 this year, different agencies including the Assam Police, State Excise Department, Income Tax Department, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Narcotics Control Bureau, Flying Squads, Static Surveillance Teams and other regulatory agencies have detected several suspicious movement of cash, liquor, valuables, narcotics and other items across the state.
Elections to the 126 member Assam assembly will be held in three phases in the state. The first phase will be held on March 27 which will see polling for 47 constituencies, second phase will be held on April 1 for 39 seats and the remaining 40 seats will go for polls on April 6. Results will be declared on May 2.
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