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Hyderabad, Nov 4 – Telangana’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Vikas Raj, announced on Friday that law enforcement agencies in the state have seized nearly Rs. 450 crore, including cash, precious metals, liquor, drugs/narcotics, freebies, and other valuables since the implementation of the model code of conduct on October 9.

The seizures include over Rs. 164.11 crore in cash, 264.19 kg gold, 1080.9 kg silver, and other valuables, totaling over Rs. 165 crore. Additionally, liquor worth over Rs. 52.93 crore and ganja valued at over Rs. 27.58 crore have been confiscated. The agencies also focused on intercepting the transportation of freebies and other valuable materials, resulting in the seizure of items worth Rs. 43.86 crore, such as cookers, clocks, mobiles, fans, and cloth material.

Vikas Singh mentioned that 205 border check posts have been established across the 17 districts with inter-state border areas of Karnataka, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, and Andhra Pradesh. This initiative involves deploying 1206 staff from various departments to ensure the integrity of the electoral process.

Responding to a query about the distribution of Rythu Bandhu, the CEO stated that no proposal had been received, and measures were being taken to prevent incidents similar to the recent attack on BRS candidate and MP Kotha Prabhakar Reddy in Dubbak. A report on the incident had been submitted by the police, and efforts were underway to prevent the recurrence of such events.