GUWAHATI: As the polls for the first phase of Assam assembly elections on March 27 nearing, unaccounted cash, illegal liquor, narcotics and high valued metal items have been flooding the state.
Enforcement and regulatory authorities deployed by the Election Commission of India have made total cumulative seizures of cash, liquor, narcotics and jewelry worth Rs. 75 crores in the state since the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) came into force.
ECI said, “From February 26 to March 18, 2021 cash amounting to Rs. 16.14 crores have been seized and liquor worth Rs. 19.21 crores have been confiscated. Gold, silver ornaments valued at Rs. 2.82 crores have also been seized; drugs worth market value Rs. 30.30 crores and freebies (cigarettes, black pepper, etc.) amounting to Rs 6.63 crores have been seized. The cumulative amount of rupees of all these seizures from February 26 to March 18 stands over Rs. 75 crores.”
Amongst the seizures made, the top three seizures so far were the seizure of crystalline methamphetamine worth a value of Rs. 15.14 crores by NCB Guwahati Zonal Unit from Nazirakhat, Lomati Gaon, some 3682 kgs of ganja and gold (1 kg) worth value of Rs. 5.99 crores being smuggled from Manipur and Tripura and the seizure of 37, 569 litres of liquor worth Rs. 4.52 crores in Assam.
At least 224 persons arrested for violations of excise rules and 16 vehicles seized yet.
ECI said that surveillance teams, enforcement and regulatory agencies are maintaining a close vigil round the clock to crack down on all illegal transactions of cash, liquor, drugs, jewelry and other illegal goods in the run-up to the poll day.