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Under the supervision of the Election Commission of India, enforcement authorities have so far seized cash, jewellery, drugs, etc., worth over Rs 31.81 crore in Assam.

The seizures were made from February 26 to March 11.

Since the announcement of the election on February 26, Assam Police, Excise Department, and other allied departments have been working round the clock.

Other departments like Income Tax Department, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Narcotics Control Bureau, Flying Squads, Static Surveillance Teams and other regulatory agencies are also working to detect any suspicious movement of cash, liquor, valuables, narcotics etc. across the poll-bound State, said a  statement.

Giving a break-up of the seizures, the release said that during the period, cash amounting to Rs 8.80 crore had been seized and liquor worth Rs 7.68 crore confiscated. Gold, silver ornaments valued at Rs 1.46 crore have also been seized.

Moreover, narcotic drugs like heroin, ganja and brown sugar worth around Rs 10.18 crore market value has been detected and seized. Apart from this, cigarettes of foreign origin, poppy seeds, contraband tablets having market value of Rs. 3.69 crore have also been seized during this period.

“Round-the-clock vigilance has been maintained to enforce expenditure monitoring directions of ECI, in a bid to ensure a free, fair and safe election in Assam,” the ECI said in the statement.


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