Drugs worth a record Rs 345 crore have been seized in Punjab since the imposition of the model code of conduct on March 5 for the parliamentary elections in the state on April 30.
The hauls, says Punjab's additional chief electoral officer (CEO) Raminder Singh, includes about 12,700-kilogram poppy husk worth Rs 2.53 crore; 68-kg heroin worth Rs 340 crore; 110-kg opium worth Rs 50 lakh; and 1,540gm smack worth Rs 11 lakh. The flying squad intercepted Rs 2.55 crore cash during transfer, of which Rs 4.48 lakh was seized.
Till date, people have surrendered nearly 2.22-lakh licensed arms and the police have lodged 1,530 cases of the code of conduct violation. Additional CEO B Purushartha and joint CEO Amit Talwar were also present in the briefing.
The EC has authorised the assistant returning officers (AROs), besides district magistrates and district election officers to grant permissions under the single-window system for public meetings, rallies and processions, and the use of loudspeakers, vehicles and helipads for electioneering.
From April 15 (6pm) to April 17 (6pm), the sale of liquor is prohibited in the 3-kilometer belt along Sriganganagar and Hanumangarh districts of Rajasthan. To check the smuggling of liquor, cash and arms, the Punjab border will be sealed 48 hours before voting in Rajasthan on April 17.
ECI has posted IAS officer Adappa Kar thik as ADC, Gurdaspur; VK Sharma as ADC, Amritsarl; Vinay Bublani as ADC, Tarn Taran; Parminder Pal Singh as SDM Phagwara; and Amandeep Singh Bhatti as SDM, Patti.
A cinema actor has been signed up as EC brand ambassador and all flying clubs in the engaged to airdrop voter-awareness pamphlets and literature.
At 11am on April 14, all employees in the government and semi-government offices will be administered a pledge that they will helpt the Election Commision conduct free and fair election and vote ethically.