Rich haul of cash, liquor, weapons seized in final poll run-up
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Acting upon guidelines issued by the Delhi Police Commissioner last month, police have recovered unaccounted cash and liquor from across the city just days ahead of the December 4 Assembly election.
In the last 25 days, since the model code of conduct was implemented, police have recovered unaccounted cash worth Rs 1.28 crore from people claiming to represent different political parties.
Besides the cash, police have also recovered around 1,643 litre of country liquor and 760 litre of Indian Made Foreign liquor. Apart from these, 4,895 bottles of country made liquor have been seized, while the corresponding figure for IMFL is 2,525.
Also seized were 1,233 half bottles of country liquor. The figure for IMFL is 603.
An additional 537 bottles of beer have also been seized.
According to sources in the Election Commission of India, the Delhi Police had been ordered to conduct a strict check on the supply of liquor, especially in the slums.
The vigil was tighter on Monday, December 2, beginning which liquor will be banned till the date of polling.
The circular issued by Delhi Police chief B S Bassi too had directed personnel to conduct special patrolling in JJ clusters and "sensitive areas" to ensure that "liquor is not distributed and then misused on the day of polling".
In other preventive measures taken by police, 2,703 persons have been detained as preventive arrest under 107 of the CrPC. The moves comes after Bassi's guideline to his force to "properly monitor" the activities of all such persons, who are known to commit election-related offences.
Sources in the EC said the Crime Branch had also been asked to monitor the movement of "active criminals" from other states who could create trouble during the elections.
Meanwhile, a total of 1,614 licensed arms have been deposited with police till November 30. Police sources said while most were asked to surrender their arms till the end of elections, several turned up on their own to deposit their arms.