Vijayawada City Task Force, which has stepped up vigilance since the model code of conduct came into force in the state of Andhra Pradesh, seized unaccounted liquor worth Rs 77.67 lakh from Bay Leaves Kitchen restaurant on Wednesday. The raids were led by Task Force Additional DCP KV Srinivasa Rao and were conducted in areas like Mogalrajapuram and Machavaram.
The liquor was seized from Uppalapati Satyanarayana, the owner of a liquor store called Hangover wines, who allegedly stored the stock at the restaurant. According to a press release from City Task Force, after Uppalapati failed to provide accounts for the liquor stock – which included as many as 67 liquor brands – was handed over to Machavaram police.
Meanwhile, Bhavanipuram police have seized liquor worth Rs 5,000 from a small shop near Rythu Bazaar. 83 insulated containers, allegedly meant to bribe women voters with, were also seized from a person named Sharifa. According to the police, Bellam Kishore of Prakash Nagar had stored the containers at Sharifa's house to distribute during election campaign later.
Around 20 sarees kept inside a four-wheeler in Two Town area have also been seized. The police said that stern action will be initiated against the accused following the probe.
The police have urged citizens to alert them of model code of conduct violations by informing them on their WhatsApp helpline number (7328909090) or by approaching the interceptor vehicles on duty.
A day after the model code of conduct came into force in the state, the city police had seized around Rs 91 lakh from two persons belonging to Thulluru and Vijayawada.