After the Model Code of Conduct came into force on February 26 in view of the Assam Assembly election 2021, cash and other valuables worth Rs 110.83 crore have been seized till date, said the chief electoral officer of Assam, Nitin Khade.

Informing this on Wednesday in Guwahati during a press conference, CEO Khade said: “The cash, valuables and illegally transported liquor were seized from various parts of the state in search operations.”

“The operations were carried out by Assam Police, Flying Squads, Static Surveillance Team, Excise and other enforcement and regulatory agencies of the state,” he added.

“Till now, seizure of drugs and narcotics worth Rs. 34.29 crore, more than 16.61 lakh litres of liquor worth Rs. 33.44 crore, cash amounting Rs. 24.50 crore, gold, silver jewelleries, gold bars worth Rs. 3.68 crore and freebies/other items worth Rs. 14.91 crore have been made,” Khade said.

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During the operations, carried out by Static Surveillance Team and Flying Squads, drugs worth Rs. 33.79 crore including heroin (4,226.81gm), tablets (1,74,088 numbers), Crystalline Methamphetamine (10.27 kg), capsule (1,22,100 nos.), ganja ( 6,892.82 kg), Morphin (1000 gm) and brown sugar (252.85 gm) were seized.

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Details of freebies and other items seized so far included: Cigarettes of foreign origin: 8,71,800 nos. of stick; poppy seed – 20197.6 kg; black pepper – 31703 kg; contraband tablets – 6,000; arecanuts – 32482 kg; cigarettes – 39800; wildlife – 12 nos.; vehicles – 3 no.s; TMT bars – 2.5 tons;  Pan/Masala/Jarda – 3 container trucks; foreign and Indian liquor – 168 bottles, and family essential kits (rice, dal, sugar, soap, edible oil, salt, tea) – 600 packets.

“So far, 50 FIRs/police cases have been registered across the state related to expenditure violation and 5,234 FIR’s/police cases lodged related to excise law violation,” the CEO of Assam said.

Regarding MCC violations reported online through cVigil app till March 30, a total of 1,272 cases have been registered and 908 cases have been found correct which were examined and disposed, Khade informed.

Offline registered cases received in B9 format stands at 1,424, he added.

The first phase of the three-phased Assam Assembly election was held on April 1, 2021 while the second phase of polls will be held on April 1 and the third phase of polling will be held on April 6, 2021.

The counting of votes of the Assam Assembly election will be conducted on May 2, 2021.

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