Thursday, November 8, 2018

Rs 7.51 Crore Hawala Cash Seized in Telangana, Was Meant to Bribe Voters in Assembly Polls

One of the four people arrested carried a 32 bore revolver belonging to his brother.

Hyderabad: 'Hawala' money to the tune of Rs 7.51 crore, intended for bribing voters, was seized and 4 people were arrested on wednesday, in a major haul before the december 7 assembly elections in Telangana, police said.

The money was seized from totally different locations in an exceedingly joint operation dole out by various wings of the city police and therefore the Static surveillance Team, Hyderabad commissioner Anjani Kumar told reporters.

Four banking system operators were arrested, he said, adding that the income tax department and therefore the enforcement board were being informed so they'll examine the path of the money transactions and involvement of shell companies in routing the money.

The four operators were getting to distribute crores of rupees in Telangana and this cash was returning from other states and probably from abroad through hawala channels for use in the coming assembly elections, the commissioner same.

This cash would are used for bribing the voters involved in the election process. This quantity is intended for delivery to some political leaders for distribution to the voters and in such deals the suspect get large commission, Kumar said.

During the search of the house of 1 of the arrested Bahbut Singh raj Purohit, a .32 bore revolver belonging to his brother was found along with the hawala money, he said.

We will not allow a person or political party to influence the election by use of money, Kumar said, declarative that the city Police was committed to making sure a free and fair election.

In the next few days, checking of vehicles and lodges would be further intense, the commissioner added.

In the run-up to polls, the police and therefore the I-T department have seized a total of Rs 56.48 crore unaccounted cash — Rs 38.71 crore and Rs 17.71 crore, respectively —from totally different parts of the state up to November 5.

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