Guwahati: Suspect cash, illegal liquor and drugs worth over Rs 60 crore have been seized from across the Northeast since the Parliamentary election schedule was announced by the Election Commission of India (ECI).
As per data released by the ECI till April 12, Manipur recorded the maximum seizure of illegal inducements at Rs 31.234 crore. Assam stood second at Rs 13.83 crore, while the lowest among the eight states of the region came from Sikkim, where seizures tallied to Rs 0.287 crore. Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh accounted for seizures worth Rs 9.70 crore, Meghalaya Rs 0.923, Mizoram Rs 0.6 crore, Nagaland Rs 3.12, and Tripura for Rs 1.62 crore.
In terms of cash recovery, Assam topped the list with Rs 11.23 crore till Friday, whereas no cash has been seized from Mizoram so far. Meanwhile, the most amount of liquor, valuing at Rs 1.94 crore, was confiscated from Arunachal Pradesh.
Surprisingly, drugs/narcotics worth Rs 28.68 was seized from Manipur, the value for which remained less than Rs 1 crore across all the other northeastern states. Likewise, Assam and Manipur are the only two states in the region where precious metals amounting to Rs 0.36 crore and Rs 1.45 crore, respectively, was recovered.
In the first phase of voting for the 17th Lok Sabha elections on Thursday, Northeast voted for 14 of its 25 Parliamentary seats.