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India News | Record alcohol and drug seizure in Himachal polls: cops

Shimla, Nov 14 (PTI) Himachal Pradesh Police on Monday said they had recovered millions of rupees of unaccounted money, nearly two lakh liters of illicit alcohol and six times more drugs in the upcoming parliamentary elections to end in the state.

Himachal Pradesh Police Director General Sanjay Kundu said police and poll workers recovered up to 1.70 lakh liters of illicit alcohol and Rs 4.21 crore in cash during the state assembly elections, which is a new record.

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Officials said 1,275 grams of heroin (chitta), 33 kilograms of charas, 126 grams of ganja and 347 grams of poppy shell were also recovered during the elections.

The DGP said 232 flying squads and as many static surveillance teams have been trained to check for any illegal activity and 108 checkpoints along the borders with neighboring states have been set up, where CCTVs have also been installed. .

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Kundu said central forces were deployed at 27 distilleries across the state.

A total of Rs 4,20,91,940 was recovered during October 14 and November 12 when the model code of conduct was in effect, it said in a statement.

During this period, 575 challans under the Mining Act were issued and a fine of Rs 33.6 lakh was recovered, the officials said.

A total of 88,532 licensed guns were dropped off at various police stations during the election, or 91% of the total such guns in the state.

No less than 945 people have been linked and 863 non-releasable warrants have been eliminated, the DGP said.

The state police chief said that 67 companies of the central forces were deployed for the smooth running of the elections, of which 25 companies were deployed at entry points into the state.

As many as 11,847 police officers and 4,500 home guards, including 250 from Uttarakhand and 1,381 from Uttar Pradesh, were also deployed across the state during the elections, according to the DGP statement.

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