The central and state agencies had seized goods worth less than Rs 20 crore during the state polls in the year 2016. And ahead of the elections of 2021, the state broke all the previous records as cash, liquor, drug, and other goods worth over Rs 110 crore has been seized.
Statement of The CEO
The CEO of Assam declared the news of seizure while addressing a press conference on Wednesday. He said, “After the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) came into force on February 26 because of the Assam assembly elections, cash and other valuables worth Rs 110.83 crore have been seized till date”. He further added, “Till now, seizures of drugs and narcotics worth Rs 34.29 crore, over 16.61 lakh liters of liquor worth Rs 33.44 crore, cash amounting to Rs 24.50 crore along with gold, silver jewelry, and gold bars worth Rs 3.68 crore have been made”. Assam police, flying squads, static surveillance teams were on a search operation in different parts of the state from where the items were seized.
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Violation of The MCC
All the constituencies in Assam formed a minimum of three SST and FS each after the notification of the polls on February 26. Regarding the MCC violations, Mr. Khade said, “A total of 2,696 cases have been registered. Out of these, 1,272 cases have been registered online through the civil app of which 908 cases are correct”.
TPT Policy Advocacy & Recommendations
- As the MCC came into force, the police of Assam were able to seize the cash and goods worth a high amount. The State Government must impose new policies to stop the illegal crimes of Assam.
- A meeting must be conducted by the Special Central Observers of the Election Commission regarding the search and also the huge seizures across the state. The law and order must be maintained properly in Assam.