UP sleuths seize explosives, arms ahead of pollsSleuths seize explosives, arms

Virendra Singh Rawat / Lucknow

The police and income tax (IT) sleuths have seized unaccounted cash worth almost Rs 21 crore in the run up to the 2022 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.

According to UP Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ajay Kumar Shukla, the police have also impounded precious metals weighing over 86 kg worth nearly Rs one crore so far.

The different law enforcement agencies have intensified vigil after the imposition of the model of conduct ahead of the high stakes UP assembly elections.

In the run up to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls in UP, the different agencies had made a record haul of almost Rs 200 crore in unaccounted cash, precious metals, narcotics and liquor across the state.

Shukla informed the police and excise departments have impounded more than 0.73 million litres of illicit liquor valued at nearly Rs 17 crore as well.

At the same time, the police and narcotic department have unearthed 7,132 kg of psychotropic substances estimated at Rs 26 crore in state wide raids.

The different law agencies including police, IT, excise and narcotic are working in consort to swoop down upon the violators of the model code with a view to ensuring free and fair elections.

UP assembly elections would be held in seven rounds in Feb and March 2022 viz. Feb 10, 14, 20, 23, 27 and March 3 and 7. According to the Election Commission of India (ECI), there are more than 150 million registered voters in the state.

Meanwhile, the state police have registered 517 first information reports (FIR) under different sections even as 116 illegal firearms units have been busted so far.

The police have restrained 2.8 million people under CrPC, while 1,880 firearms licenses have either been seized or cancelled. Additionally, 0.78 million licensed arms have been deposited with the police as mandated under the poll conduct.

Besides, the police have recovered nearly 6,600 illegal arms, apart from 7,000 rounds of cartridges, 214 explosives and 201 bombs.


Further, the compliance and vigilance teams have removed about 6.8 million publicity material across UP. These include wall graffiti/writing, posters, banners and other items.

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