Thane: Election authorities seized Rs 10 lakh in cash at a check post in Bhiwandi town of Thane district in Maharashtra. According to sources, this is the first cash seizure in Thane district after the Assembly poll schedule for Maharashtra was announced on September 21.

Acting on a tip-off, officers stationed at the Chavindra check post spotted a car entering the town. On searching the vehicle, the officials found Rs 10 lakh in cash.

The driver, who is identified as Suresh Dharmani, could not provide a satisfactory explanation about the source of the money. Later the cash was subsequently seized and deposited in the treasury on the orders of Mohan Naladkar, the returning officer for the Bhiwandi (East) Assembly constituency.

Last week, Thane collector Rajesh Narvekar, who is also the district election officer, had asked officials to keep an eye on the movement of cash ahead of the October 21 voting.

He has directed banks to provide proper identification papers and letters to those transporting cash for loading in ATMs.

With PTI inputs