North-East polls: EC makes record seizures in Tripura, Nagaland, and Meghalaya
North-East polls: The Election Commission has seized drugs, cash, and freebies worth over Rs.147 crore in Tripura, where Assembly elections were held on Thursday, and Nagaland and Meghalaya, which will go to the polls on February 27, officials said.
The highest seizures were made in Meghalaya at over Rs.63 crore, followed by Tripura (Rs.44.67 crore) and Nagaland (Rs.39.19 crore).
According to the officials, the seized items included Rs.14 crore in cash, foreign liquor valued at over Rs.9 crore, and drugs worth of Rs.85.76 crore.
The poll panel said that the seizures in the three states marked a significant increase — over 20 times — as compared to the Assembly elections in 2018. The Commission said that a special inter-agency team has been constituted to control illegal drugs.
The team has destroyed ganja worth over Rs.14 crore being cultivated in Tripura.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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