Chandigarh:  Five government officials have been suspended by the Election Commission for indulging in political activities.
    
"Raghbir Singh, a clerk posted at Ghariala, who was appointed as a BLO, has been suspended on the charge of negligence in performing his duty," special CEO Punjab Usha R Sharma said.
    
Besides, Upinder Singh, panchayat secretary at Patti (Tarantaran) and Arvinder Singh junior engineer Bhikhiwind have also been placed under suspension for violating the Model Code of Conduct.
    
She added that Shamsher Singh, working as Draftsman in PUDA, has been suspended for alleged misbehavior with a polling staff and another Shamsher Singh, electronics instructor at ITI Bassi Pathanan has also been suspended.
    
On unaccounted money, Sharma said that unaccounted cash worth Rs 33.16 crore was referred to Income Tax department while over Rs 12 crore was seized.
    
Asked about the recovery of liquor and narcotics, she said that since the Model Code of Conduct came into force on December 24, the special teams have seized 2641 kg of poppy husk, 16.83 lakh ML of illicit liquor, over 6 lakh wine bottles, 10,820 gm of opium, 6,357 gm of heroin, 2,506 gm of smack, 1,97,576 kg of Lahan (drug used in liquor) across the state.
    
She further said that 2,11,711 of licensed arms have been deposited and 70 unlicensed arms and 255 ammunition, cartridges were seized.
    
She said that Punjab Election office received 2,770 complaints of violations of model code of conduct, out of which 1,880 were disposed of.

(Agencies)