A tale of drinks and drugs as Punjab votes
eyes of the Election Commission's surveillance teams
notwithstanding, the flow of liquor and drugs seems to be on ahead
of Monday's ballot to pick a 117-seat Punjab assembly. If the
seizure of liquor and drugs
Punjab set to vote Monday, the Election Commission said Sunday
Rs.33.66 crore of unaccounted cash and 697,000 bottles of country
liquor have been seized in the state.
Election Commission officials here said that nearly 32,000 litres
of illicit liquor and over 227,588 kgs of 'Lahan' (local liquor)
were recovered in the past nearly five weeks.
The drugs seizure included over 23 kg of heroin, 2,641 kg of poppy
husk, 99 kgs of opium, 952,697 tablets, 88,296 capsules and 4,362
bottles of syrups.
In all, 213,352 licenced weapons were deposited with the
authorities by their owners. "These are 80 percent of the licenced
weapons in the state," an official said here.
Over 73,000 security personnel have been deployed for Monday's
polling. Nearly 86,400 election staff, including security
personnel, will be on duty.