Dehradun: The Uttarakhand police and the excise department have collectively seized 6,619 litre liquor worth upwards of Rs 35 lakh since January 8 when the model code of conduct was imposed in the hill state. Besides, narcotic substances worth Rs 1.24 crore have also been seized in the Himalayan state in the same duration. The flying squad team (FST), static surveillance team (SST) and police have recovered 4,968 litre liquor worth Rs 27.46 lakh whereas the excise team has recovered 1,651 litre liquor worth Rs 7.55 lakh.
The day-wise break up shows FST/SST and police team seized 1,227 litre liquor worth Rs 7.13 lakh on January 10; 1,668 litre worth Rs 11.46 lakh on January 11; 455 litre worth Rs 2.35 lakh on January 12; 377 litre worth Rs 1.14 lakh on January 13; and 1,239 litre worth Rs 5.36 lakh on January 14.
Similarly, excise teams seized 256 litre liquor worth Rs 1.80 lakh on January 10; 52 litre worth Rs 42,132 on January 11; 757 litre worth Rs 2.07 lakh on January 12; 454 litre worth Rs 2.65 lakh on January 13; and 131 litre worth Rs 59,048 on January 14. Meanwhile, the election authorities have also recovered Rs 4.25 lakh unaccounted cash in Uttarakhand since January 10.
According to official data, Rs 91,000 unaccounted cash was recovered from Nainital on January 10; Rs 1.78 lakh from Pithoragarh on January 11 and Rs 1.55 lakh again from Pithoragarh on January 14.
In view of such activities, a tight vigil is being maintained, police said.
Consequently, narcotic substances worth Rs 1.24 crore have been seized. The seizure includes 3.16 kg charas of Rs 3.16 lakh, 949 gram sack worth Rs 94.91 lakh, 126 kg ganja worth Rs 1.26 lakh and 0.25 gram heroin worth Rs 25 lakh. TOI sources maintained that this is the initial stage and the quantity of seized intoxicants is expected to go up further as the elections draw closer.
“Our teams are keeping a tab on the development, we are coordinating with other departments including police and excise, to prevent any illegal activity,” said a state official. Separately, defacement has been removed from 39,187 properties and a total of over three lakh posters and banners have been removed.
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