Valuables worth Rs 322.52 cr seized in Punjab after code of conduct

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Voters line up to cast their ballots outside a polling station at Banur in the northern Indian state of Punjab January 30, 2012. Millions of Indians went to the polls on Monday in two northern states where the country's ruling Congress party hopes to regain momentum after a year when its reputation was battered by corruption scandals and a slowing economy. REUTERS/Ajay Verma (INDIA - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

After the Model Code of Conduct came into force in the state for Punjab Vidhan Sabha elections, various enforcement teams have seized valuables worth Rs 322.52 crores in violation of code till February 4, 2022.

Giving details in this regard, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Punjab Dr S Karuna Raju today said that the surveillance teams have seized 30.57 lakh litres of liquor worth Rs 16.93 crore. Similarly, the enforcement wings have also recovered psychotropic substances amounting to Rs 279.62 crores besides confiscating unaccounted cash of Rs 21.97 crore, he added.

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The Chief Electoral Officer revealed that as many as 1227 vulnerable hamlets have been identified. Besides this, 2980 persons have been identified as probable sources of trouble, he said adding that out of these persons preventive action had already been initiated against 2284 persons while the remaining would also be brought to book. He also informed that from a security point of view 1409 persons have been bound down under preventive sections of CrPC act.

He informed that as many as 2861 cases of non-bailable warrants have been executed, while execution in 24 cases is under process. As many as 18807 nakas are operational across the State, he added.

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As per the directions of the election commission, Dr Raju said that of total 3,90,275 licensed weapons in the state 3,77,729 weapons have been deposited till date. Whereas, 91 without licenses weapons were seized in the state.