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Poll watch picks up pace as surveillance teams seize cash

Election Expenditure Monitoring has been tightened with officers keeping a close watch on check-posts across Mysuru district for violations of model code of conduct.

A total of ₹1.94 lakh had been seized by Static Surveillance Teams (SSTs) until March 20.

About 30 Flying Squads had been deployed across the district with over 31 Static Surveillance Teams stationed in the district for enforcing the poll code which came into effect from March 10.

Video Surveillance Teams (VSTs) had been also been deployed for monitoring poll-related activities and 33 of them were deployed in the district, said Deputy Commissioner and District Election Officer (DEO) Abhiram G. Sankar.

The Department of Excise has also deployed its teams to crack down on illegal liquor activities.

Thirteen excise teams were conducting raids and seizing illicit liquor.

According to the election authorities, 20,185 litres of liquor had been seized during raids and the value of the seized liquor is ₹1.07 crore. During excise raids, 28 vehicles – including three cars, 23 two-wheelers, and two three-wheelers – had been seized. The total value of the seized vehicles was ₹14.76 lakh. Around 68.04 litres of liquor was seized during raids conducted by police teams.

A note from the DEO said 203 FIRs had been lodged for the violation of Excise Laws and 17 FIRs had been lodged in connection with police cases. One FIR had been lodged with regard to election expenditure case.

Source: thehindu.com

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