EC seizes Rs.2.5 crore cash, Rs.9 lakh fake currency in Bengal

Kolkata, April 19 (IANS) Nearly Rs.2.5 crore in cash and fake currency of face value Rs.9 lakh were seized from the districts in West Bengal where polling will be held in the third phase on April 21, a poll panel official said on Tuesday.

“Our expenditure monitoring committee’s flying squad seized Rs.40.37 lakh, while its static surveillance team seized over Rs.1.16 crore. Police also seized Rs.93.67 lakh from the districts where the third phase of polls will be conducted on April 21,” Additional Chief Electoral Officer Dibyendu Sarkar said.

“Fake currency of face value close to Rs.9 lakh was also seized,” he said.

In the third phase, polling will be held in 62 constituencies — 22 in Murshidabad, 17 in Nadia, seven in Kolkata (North) and 16 in Bardhaman — in four districts.

Over 5.51 litres of illicit liquor, 985 arms and ammunition, 2,624 bombs, and about 356 kg of explosives were also seized, he said.

He said 16,925 new non-bailable warrants have been issued in addition to the pending 13,818. Of them, 28,715 warrants were executed and 2,028 remain pending.

In the third phase, there are 3,401 vulnerable hamlets and 6,095 vulnerable voters.

Altogether 4,094 trouble-mongers were indentified and of them, 4,084 are bound down and 10 are in custody, he said.

According to the official, over 700 companies of central forces and 25,000 state police personnel will be deployed for this phase.

There will be 274 model polling stations, while 436 polling stations will be entirely run by females.

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