Amid growing apprehensions that the flow of Hawala money has increased manifold ahead of elections, the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau seized ₹ 3 crores during a vehicle inspection at Anchery in Thrissur on Monday night. The seizure is the latest in a spate of Hawala cases reported in Kerala in the past few weeks. 

Following a tip-off, the Vigilance personnel tracked two parked cars and seized the money stashed in a hidden chamber below the hand break. The officials are investigating whether the money was brought into the state for election campaigning.

The Vigilance special squad has seized Hawala money to the tune of ₹ 14crores from the state and arrested 30 persons after the declaration of polls

The Vigilance wing also arrested two persons hailing from Malappuram, who claimed the money was meant to be handed over to a jewellery unit.   

As per the statistics, the Vigilance special squad has seized Hawala money to the tune of  ₹ 14crores from the state and arrested 30 persons after the declaration of polls. 

The most number of cases was registered in Palakkad and Malappuram districts. The investigators suspect that the flow of illegal money has increased in the wake of elections.  The money is usually hidden in secret chests of luxury cars. The vigilance squad will intensify raids in the state, officials said. 

The Election Commission has given strict instructions to tighten the vigil against the movement of unaccounted money, especially among political parties and businessmen close to their circle, in the wake of Assembly elections.