New Delhi, Mar 5: Uttar Pradesh saw the maximum amount of cash being seized during restrictions imposed in the run up to the assembly elections in five states, while Punjab topped the seizures for drugs and illicit liquor.
Rs 37.46 crore in cash was seized in Uttar Pradesh during polls, accounting for 72 per cent of the cash seizures. Huge quantities of drugs were seized in border state of Punjab which included smack, opium and poppy husk and also illegal liquor meant for use during polls.
Uttar Pradesh also topped in the number of cases registered during polls by accounting for over 80 per cent of the total 4,364 FIRs lodged in all the five states. While UP had the maximum of 3,507 FIRs registered for seizures of cash and arms, besides violation of model code of conduct, Punjab had 368 cases registered and Manipur 227, with 138 cases registered in Goa and another 124 in Uttarakhand.
Among the total cash seizures of Rs 52.02 crore made during polls, Punjab accounted for Rs 12.13 crores, Uttarakhand Rs 1.36 crore, while Goa had only Rs 60 lakh and Manipur Rs 47 lakh. Recovery of 7.73 lakh litres of illegal liquor apparently for use to lure voters during polls was also made, with Punjab and Uttar Pradesh making similar recoveries of 3.57 lakh litres and 3.56 lakh litres (almost 46 per cent each) of the contraband.
With surveillance on movement of drugs in Punjab, Manipur and Uttar Pradesh with the help of Narcotics Control Bureau and BSF during the polls, the maximum recovery of 53.5 kg of Heroin worth several crores of rupees was from Punjab alone.