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Drugs, liquor, cash worth Rs 127 cr seized during Pb polls: EC

CHANDIGARH: Punjab recorded total seizure of cash, liquor, drugs and other items worth about Rs 127 crore during 2017 assembly polls, officials said today.
The recovery of drugs, which was a major issue during polls, however turned out lowest as compared to the seizure made during 2012 assembly and 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Total seizure of cash, drugs, liquor and other items during 2017 assembly polls was about Rs 127 crore, an official spokesman of the State Election Commission said here.
Among the seizure, the Election Commission-appointed surveillance teams seized cash to the tune of Rs 57.66 crore during 2017 assembly polls, higher than 2012 assembly polls and 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
The higher amount of cash seizure during assembly poll phase indicated that there was no shortage of cash supply despite demonetisation, the spokesman said.
During 2012 Punjab Assembly polls and 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the cash seizure was 11.96 crore and Rs 14.07 crore, respectively, as per information provided by the state election office here.
The election to 117 assembly constituencies in Punjab were held in one go on February 4 and their results will be out on March 11. (AGENCIES)


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