assembly polls: Over Rs 1000 crore worth of cash, drugs, liquor, freebies seized during assembly polls in 5 states

With the Election Commission on alert, cash, drugs, liquor and freebies worth over Rs 1,000 crore have been seized so far in the ongoing assembly elections in five states, almost four times the number of such seizures compared to the previous round. developed. Elections in 2017. According to a statement by the Election Commission, Punjab topped the chart with total seizures of Rs 510.91 crore, followed by Uttar Pradesh (Rs 307.92 crore), Manipur (Rs 167.83 crore), Uttarakhand (Rs 18.81 crore) and Goa (Rs 18.81 crore). 12.73 crores).

The total seizures in five states were over Rs 1,018 crore, which is almost four times more than the total seizure of Rs 299.84 crore made during the 2017 assembly elections in these states.

A total of Rs 140.29 crore was seized in cash in five states, while more than 82 lakh liters of liquor worth Rs 99.84 crore was also seized.

Medicines worth Rs 569.52 crore, precious metals worth Rs 115.054 crore and free gifts worth Rs 93.5 crore were also seized.

“In addition to the above seizure figures, the Commission also visited the enforcement officers tremendously as the agencies seized drugs worth Rs 109 crore in Punjab and more than eight lakh liters of liquor in Uttar Pradesh,” the commission said. a statement.

The commission said it has strengthened the pre-poll expenditure monitoring in five states through a multi-pronged strategy.

“The strategy includes appointment of experienced officers as expenditure supervisors, reviewing and reviewing a larger circle of enforcement agencies for more coordinated and comprehensive monitoring, ensuring adequate availability of field level teams in the monitoring process,” the commission said in a statement. involves doing.”

It said that 228 Expenditure Supervisors were deployed and Special Expenditure Supervisors, who are officers with impeccable and illustrious track record of domain expertise, were also deputed for effective monitoring.

The assembly elections to be held in seven phases began on February 10 and will conclude on March 7. Counting of votes will take place on March 10.

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