Hyderabad: The Telangana Police have seized Rs 5.8 crore of unaccounted cash from a car near a checkpost in Warangal ahead of the Assembly elections in the state.
The money was seized from Pembarthy check-post in Jangaon. The police said three people who were travelling in the car have been detained and a case registered against them. They said the money was being taken to Hyderabad from Warangal.
Warangal Commissioner of Police V Ravinder said that the sub-inspector from the Janagoan police station seized Rs 5.80 crore and arrested three people, including the driver of the vehicle.
The statement by the police commissioner said a Hyderabad-based businessman allegedly sent Rs 1.5 crore to Nama Nageshwara Rao, Rs 2 crore to Vaddiraju Ravichandra and Rs 2.3 crore to Konda Murali.
Unaccounted cash and illegal goods worth about Rs 111 crore have been seized on separate occasions so far in poll-bound Telangana, officials said Monday.
According to an official release, the state has sought 279 companies of central forces and as of now 240 have arrived. They would assist 30,000 local police personnel on duty for the December 7 Telangana Assembly polls.
“Money influence in elections in India is going up. There is no denying of that. If you see the cash and goods' seizure figures, it was Rs 76 crore during 2014 elections in combined Andhra Pradesh," Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar said.
He said any contesting candidate is allowed to spend up to Rs 28 lakh while there is no limit for a party on election expenditure.
Replying to a query, Kumar said there are 38 constituencies in the state under Left wing extremist influence while some are expenditure sensitive according to previous history.
Kodangal, from where state congress working president Revanth Reddy is contesting, is a "politically sensitive" constituency, he said. "It came to our notice that there are political allegations and counter allegations in Kodangal. There was some cash seizure also from the constituency. We are keeping strict vigil there," he said.