TNT News | Shillong | February 19, 2018
As the date for elections approaches closer and Meghalaya readies itself for polls on February 27, instances of pre-poll violence and cash seizures are on the rise despite the vigilant eyes of the concerned authorities.
In yet another instance of cash seizure, sources have informed that an amount of Rs. 17 lakh has been recovered by police in at Umtyra in East Jaintia Hills, 8 days before the polls. As per sources, the amount was seized at around 2:15 pm today from new Alto Maruti 800 which was reportedly a hired vehicle. The name of the person from whom the money was seized has been identified as Sanjay Garg and he claimed to be an employee of RK Roadways Pvt. Ltd.
According to him, the money was taken out with a purpose to pay for all the traveling expenses borne by the heavy vehicles transporting materials for Star Cement.
It may be mentioned here that at the time of elections when carrying cash above 50, 000 is restricted, anybody found carrying cash above the said amount is liable to be questioned by the concerned authorities.
When contacted, the Chief Election Commissioner FR Kharkongor as well as the DC, East Jaintia Hills MS Lhuid confirmed that the cash was seized but more details could be given only after further investigation was carried out.
The DC has informed that the cash has been handed over to Income Tax as it is over Rs 10 lakhs.
Watch this space for more updates on this news.