Poll-related seizures in Karnataka cross ₹300 crore mark since model code came into effect

Lok Sabha elections in Karnataka will be held in two phases on 26 April and 7 May for its 28 constituencies.

ByPTI

Published Apr 13, 2024 | 11:56 AMUpdatedApr 13, 2024 | 11:56 AM

Poll seizures

Election-related seizures in Karnataka on Friday crossed the ₹300 crore mark since the Model Code of Conduct came into effect on 16 March, according to the Election Commission.

Lok Sabha elections in Karnataka will be held in two phases on 26 April and 7 May for its 28 constituencies.

Since March 16 till date, seizures worth ₹307.61 crore have been made by the Election Commission in Karnataka in coordination with its enforcement teams comprising flying squads, police and static surveillance team, the EC officials said.

According to a statement issued by the office of Chief Electoral Officer of Karnataka, since the Model Code of Conduct came into force, the flying squads, static surveillance teams and police authorities have seized ₹46.01 crore cash, ₹7.73 crore articles meant for distribution as freebies, liquor worth ₹147 crore, narcotic substances worth ₹9.75 crore, and gold worth ₹24.38 crore, among others.

They have also registered 1,587 FIRs with regard to the seizure of cash, liquor, drugs, precious metals and freebies.

The Excise Department has booked 2,002 heinous cases, 2,531 cases for breach of licence conditions, 119 cases under the NDPS (Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances) Act and 12,766 cases under section 15 (a) of Karnataka Excise Act 1965. Also, 1,214 different types of vehicles have been impounded.

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