Dehradun: Uttarakhand Police and Excise Department have collectively seized 6,619 liters of alcohol worth more than Rs 35 lakh since January 8 when the model code of conduct was imposed in the state of the hills. Additionally, narcotics worth Rs 1.24 crore were also seized in the Himalayan state during the same span.
The Flying Squad (FST), Static Surveillance Team (SST) and Police recovered 4,968 liters of alcohol worth Rs 27.46 lakh while the Excise Team recovered 1,651 liters of alcohol worth Rs 7.55 lakh.
The daytime break shows that FST/SST and the police team seized 1,227 liters of alcohol worth Rs 7.13 lakh on January 10; 1,668 liters worth Rs 11.46 lakh on January 11; 455 liters worth Rs 2.35 lakh on Jan 12; 377 liters worth Rs 1.14 lakh on January 13; and 1,239 liters worth Rs 5.36 lakh on January 14.
Similarly, excise teams seized 256 liters of alcohol worth Rs 1.80 lakh on January 10; 52 liters worth Rs 42,132 on January 11; 757 liters worth Rs 2.07 lakh on January 12; 454 liters worth Rs 2.65 lakh on January 13; and 131 liters worth Rs 59,048 on January 14.
Meanwhile, election authorities have also recovered Rs 4.25 lakh in unaccounted cash in Uttarakhand since January 10. According to official data, Rs 91,000 in unaccounted cash was recovered from Nainital on 10 January; Rs 1.78 lakh from Pithoragarh on Jan 11 and Rs 1.55 lakh again from Pithoragarh on Jan 14.
In view of these activities, close vigilance is maintained. As a result, narcotics worth Rs 1.24 crore were seized. The seizure includes 3.16 kg of charas worth Rs 3.16 lakh, a bag of 949 grams worth Rs 94.91 lakh, 126 kg of ganja worth Rs 1.26 lakh and 0.25 gram of heroin worth Rs 25 lakh.
Sources at TOI argued that this was the first step and that the amount of intoxicants seized is expected to increase further as the election nears.
“Our teams are monitoring the development, we are coordinating with other departments including police and excise to prevent illegal activity,” a state official said. Separately, defacement was removed from 39,187 properties and a total of over three lakh posters and banners were removed.