Local authorities in Nagaland’s Wokha district detained state home minister Imkong L Imchen after seizing Rs. 1.1crore, a cache of arms and liquor from his vehicle on Monday.
The seizure came less than 48 hours after the recovery of Rs. 1crore from a candidate of the ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF).
Elections to Nagaland’s 60 assembly constituencies are to be held on February 23.
Officials said the seizure was made around 6.15am during routine checking of vehicles by Assam Rifles personnel. Imkong was on his way to his constituency in Mokokchung district from state capital Kohima.
“The seized items included R1.1crore in cash, five 7.65 calibre pistols, two .303 rifles, 80 live cartridges of 7.65 pistols, 100 live cartridges of .303 rifles and 11 bottles of liquor. He has been arrested and in police custody after registration of a case,” Wokha deputy commissioner R Vysan said.
He added that the Assam Rifles had entrusted Imkong to the district administration and police with a statement saying all the items were seized from the minister’s vehicle.
Imkong is the NPF’s campaign in-charge of Mokokchung district where the party has fielded 10 candidates.
The Congress has demanded immediate action against Imchen.
Senior party leader and in-charge of Nagaland Luizinho Faleiro reportedly met Election Commission officials in New Delhi in this regard.
In June 2010, Imchen was detained at Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport after he was found carrying Rs. 9 lakh in Indian currency, in denominations of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000.
Indian currency of both denominations are banned in Nepal to prevent counterfeit.