In an attempt to ensure peaceful and fair elections, Mahalakshmi Layout Police, and a flying squad from the election commission arrested a two-wheeler rider and seized Rs 45 lakh unaccounted cash from him. The police say that despite the election commission's guidelines not to carry excess cash of above Rs 50,000 without proper documents, the two-wheeler rider had Rs 45 lakh in his possession
Bengaluru: Mahalakshmi Layout Police on Tuesday arrested a two-wheeler rider with Rs 45 lakh cash. The police believe the cash is unaccounted and was being taken to use for Lok Sabha elections. The police said that the arrested person had no valid documents and proper explanation at the time of the arrest.
According to a senior police officer at Mahalakshmi Layout police station, at 10:45 am, the police received information about possible cash movement. Based on this input, the police also alerted the election commission's flying squad which reached Naidu Hall in Bengaluru west area and stopped the suspected Honda Activa.
"The arrested person is identified as 30-year-old Rahul from Vinoba Nagar near JC Road. He was carrying Rs 45 lakh and he did not have any valid document and he failed to give a genuine reason as to why he was carrying so much cash. Since it is a case of poll code violation, we have booked a case under IPC section 188, 171 and 511 and others and produced him before the court," said a senior police officer.
Even during the Karnataka Assembly elections in May last year, the police along with flying squads had seized Rs 62.6 crore. However, after the election code was lifted, based on the request with supporting documents, the officials released Rs 35.3 crore to claimants.
The police also have intensified their checks near Karnataka borders, checkpoints and interestingly, even chief minister HD Kumaraswamy’s convoy was stopped for checking on Wednesday morning in Haasan.
Last Updated 3, Apr 2019, 1:18 PM IST