Assam polls 2021: Surveillance teams make seizures worth ₹ 31.81 crore in two weeks



Surveillance teams in poll-bound Assam have stepped up vigilance to enforce the expenditure monitoring directions of the Election Commission of India, making substantial seizures of cash, liquor, drugs and jewellery worth ₹ 31. 81 crore during February 26 and March 11, 2021.

Since the announcement of the three-phase Assembly elections two weeks back, 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 been working round the clock to detect any suspicious movement of cash, liquor, valuables, narcotics etc across the state.

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“From February 26 to March 11, 2021, cash amounting ₹ 8.80 crore has been seized and liquor worth ₹ 7.68 crore have been confiscated. Gold and silver ornaments valued at ₹ 1.46 crore have also been seized,” a statement issued here by the Chief Electoral Officer (Assam) on Friday, said.

“Narcotic drugs like heroin, ganja and brown sugar of around ₹ 10.18 crore (market value), were detected and seized. Apart from this, cigarettes of foreign origin, poppy seeds, contraband tablets having market value of ₹ 3.69 crore have also been seized during this period.

(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)