Just a day after the Model Code of Conduct came into force, the Andhra police have seized a total of Rs 1.10 crore as well as a kilo of gold. While Vijayawada police confiscated Rs 91 lakh during a vehicle check in the city, Kurnool police have seized Rs 19 lakh near Panchalinga check post, and a kilo of gold at Sunkesula.
Vijayawada city police, which had set up several check points in the city, seized the unaccounted amount near the Bhanunagar junction. The cash was being transported in a car, a team led by Law and Order DCP CH Venkatappala Naidu found.
Two persons, from Gunturâ€™s Thulluru mandal and Vijayawada were identified as Aluri Jaganmohan Rao (50) Yandluri Kiran Kumar (27) respectively in relation to the above. They are being probed by the Income Tax department so as to ascertain the source of the money.
Meanwhile, Kurnool police, under the supervision of SP Fakeerappa K, were conducting vehicle checks on Sunday night around 9 pm when Rs 19 lakh were seized from Jareer Bathiwala (53), who was coming from Hyderabad. Originally from Bengaluru, Jareer was reportedly bringing unaccounted money in a four-wheeler.
They also intercepted a car coming in from Alampur on Tuesday around 1 pm and upon checking, found a bag with one kilo of gold ornaments. The person ferrying the gold has been identified as Rajasekhar Reddy, and he has been taken in for further questioning.
With 175 assembly and 25 parliament constituencies, Andhra Pradesh will go to polls on April 11 in a single phase.
According to State Election Commission, around 494 check posts have been set up across the state along with 616 surveillance teams.
Prohibition and Excise department has also stepped up measures to curb the free flow of the liquor to influence the voters. Prohibition and Excise Commissioner Mukesh Kumar Meena stated in a media release that they have increased state border check posts from 31 to 71. He also said that the state has been divided into four excise zones in view of elections, and each will be headed by a Special Officer.
Further, in a press statement, Vijayawada City Commissioner of police urged the citizens to reach out on 100 or WhatsApp on 7328909090 if they see a violation of Model Code of Conduct.