New Delhi: Ahead of the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Uttarakhand, a whopping amount of Rs 21 crore, 16 kilograms of silver and large number of arms and ammunition has been seized in the three states.

The strict vigilance of the Election Commission and the police in last 3-4 days has resulted in an unexpected decline in cash seizures from the states.

With the model code of conduct coming into effect in the states, the Income Tax Department and the police on the instructions of the Election Commission recovered Rs 14.31 crore from Punjab and Rs 6.5 crore from Uttar Pradesh amid the election preparations.

The Uttarakhand police recovered Rs 12 lakh from vehicles with red beacons and Bahujan Samaj Party flags in Pauri Garhwal district.
According to Uttar Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer Umesh Sinha, various teams of income tax and police seized illegal cash worth Rs 6.5 crore from various vehicles in Ghaziabad, Noida, Varanasi and Kanpur.

Also, while Rs 6 lakh have been recovered from Bulandshahr; Rs 1.37 lakh crore cash, 10 kilograms of silver and about six pistols and large number of cartridges have been seized from Barabanki. 

Similarly, Rs 20 lakh from Varanasi, Rs 23 lakh from Balrampur, Rs 25 lakh from Gonda and Rs 4 lakh from Mau have been seized. The police static surveillance team also recovered Rs 2.53 crore and 4 kilograms of silver during the checking of the vehicles in Meerut, Bareilly and Faizabad.

With the assembly polls are round the corner in Punjab, cash amount of Rs 14,31,25,000 have already been recovered from the state. While Rs 3.35 lakh have been seized from a car in Ludhiana, Rs 9.92 lakh have been recovered from another in Khanna district.

Also, Rs 17 lakh were recovered from two cars during checking in Sangrur district.

Moreover, Rs 10.29 lakh were seized in a joint exercise of the police and the surveillance team in Badli village of Fatehgarh district. While the police recovered Rs 4.5 lakh from a bike rider in Maansa district, Rs 30 lakh were recovered from a car in Bathinda, Rs 3.62 lakh from a vehicle in Faridkot district and Rs 5.6 lakh from a trader in Hoshiarpur.

Acquiring a proactive attitude, the income tax department has also seized 8.5 lakh litres of alcohol in the backdrop of the elections.