Like its neighbours, Himachal Pradesh was dogged by free flow of liquor, drugs and cash during the Lok Sabha elections.
According to data provided by the chief electoral officer based on the reports submitted by the police department, currency amounting to nearly Rs 2 crore was seized from the state’s four parliamentary constituencies Hamirpur, Kangra, Mandi and Shimla till the polling day on Wednesday.
More than 15,679.9 L country liquor and 10,228L Indian-made foreign liquor were recovered, while the flying squad seized more than Rs 67 lakh in cash, besides other items valued at Rs 4.4 lakh. A special surveillance team seized more than Rs 1 crore in cash and other items worth Rs 32.28 lakh.
State chief electoral office spokesman Neeraj Kumar Sharma said, “As no criminal activity was found, we have handed over cash amounting to `68.85 lakh and 1.1kg jewellery to the income tax department for further action.”
A special surveillance team seized `1.29 crore in cash and other items valued at Rs 32.28 lakh, including 42.75 L IMFL, 26.25L country liquor, 15.6L beer, 720 prohibited capsules, 1.1kg gold ornaments, 16 pressure cookers, 6 fans, 4 gas stoves, 4 electric hot plates, 2 induction cookers, 0.3kg charas, 60 T-shirts and 150 caps.
Police authorities and flying squad teams filed 437 first information reports. Besides, Rs 67.97 lakh cash and other items, including 67.26L IMFL, 230g charas, 5 bags of tobacco and 42g gold and silver ornaments were confiscated by the flying squad.
The total amount of cash and other items seized by the police department included 1.6kg opium, 48.34kg charas, 231.73kg poppy husk, 19.24kg afeemdana, 116g heroin, 9g cocaine, 15,653L country liquor, 10L IMFL, and 387L beer and 19,057 prohibited tablets and capsules.
Besides, Rs 45,860 cash was confiscated under the Income Tax Act and `76,000 under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.
The police also seized 6.6g smack, 4g brown sugar, gold jewellery worth `1.18 lakh and 5,189 opium plants.