EM – Rs 40 crore alcohol, model code drugs confiscated in Punjab

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Enforcement teams have so far seized alcohol, psychotropic substances and unrecorded cash worth Rs 40.31 crore after the model code of conduct came into effect in Punjab, an election official said on Saturday.

The election commission had announced the election plan for the elections in Punjab and four other states on January 8th and these recoveries were made by January 14th.

The confiscated liquor is valued at 2.72 lakh liters worth 81 lakh rupees said Punjab’s Chief Electoral Officer Dr. S. Karuna Raju on Saturday.

Similarly, enforcement wings have seized Rs. 38.93 crore in psychotropic substances, alongside seizures of Rs. 14 crore in cash, he said.

“In addition, 2,222 people were identified as possible sources of interference. Of these, preventive measures have already been taken against 894 people, while the remaining ones have also been treated appropriately,” said Mr. Raju.

Enforcement teams have removed 53,610 advertisements and campaign materials from public property and 14,911 from private property.

Mr Raju said to date, 3,23,102 licensed guns have been deposited and 20 unlicensed guns have been confiscated.

He also shared that 84.3 percent of staff assigned to election duties got their first dose of the COVID-19 19 vaccine, of which 49.9 percent of the staff are fully vaccinated.

The vote for the 117 seats of the assembly will take place on February 14 and the count will take place on March 10.

(Except for the headline, this story was not edited by NDTV staff and was published from a syndicated feed.)

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