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Punjab Assembly polls: Valuables worth Rs 77.76 cr seized after enforcement of model code

CHANDIGARH, January 24:

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 77.76 crores in violation of code till January 23, 2022.

Giving details in this regard, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Punjab Dr S Karuna Raju today said that the surveillance teams have seized 12.78 lakh litres of liquor worth Rs 5.63 crore. Similarly, the enforcement wings have also recovered psychotropic substances amounting to Rs 56.76 crores besides confiscating unaccounted cash of Rs 14.31 crore, he added.

The Chief Electoral Officer revealed that as many as 1146 vulnerable hamlets have been identified. Besides this, 2574 persons have been identified as probable sources of trouble, he said adding that out of these persons preventive action had already been initiated against 1440 persons while the remaining would also be brought to book. He also informed that from a security point of view 299 persons have been bound down under preventive sections of CrPC act.

He informed that as many as 2373 cases of non-bailable warrants have been executed, while execution in 169 cases is under process. As many as 9797 nakas are operational across the State, he added.

As per the directions of the election commission, Dr Raju said that of total 3,90,275 licensed weapons in the state 370617 weapons have been deposited till date. Whereas, 41 without licenses weapons were seized in the state.

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