ECI Deploys 14 flying squad teams with GPS

Hyderabad: The ECI booked 119 criminal cases for violating MCC in Huzurnagar by-election and seized cash worth over Rs 17 lakh on Sunday. The ECI will be deploying 14 flying squad teams with GPS for monitoring the Huzurnagar by-election. Micro observers and webcasting will also be used as per ECI guidelines, said Suryapet Collector and District Election Officer in an official statement. The ECI is keen on the model code of conduct, MCC, until the election is over on October 21.

“119 criminal cases were booked for violating the MCC. The ECI is keen on curbing MCC violations. ECI increased the number of flying squad teams, static surveillance teams, MCC teams and video surveillance teams,” said the Suryapet District Election Officer.
The ECI seized a cash total worth Rs 72,19,500 as of October 13.
Cash seizures above Rs10 lakh in three instances each have been informed to the Income Tax department for further investigation. Illicit liquor of 10,864.06 litres was seized and 178 prohibitions and excise cased booked against 121 persons.
The District Election Officer further said that licence of Venkat Sai Wines, Mellacheruvu, is cancelled and that the officials have seized the shop with inventory for illicit liquor transportation.

All vehicles of the Flying Squads and the MCC Teams are equipped with GPS facility. CC cameras are fitted at all interstate and inter-district check posts.

“The other major MCC violations cases reported were campaigning in religious places, illicit liquor trafficking, etc. Illegal storage, roadshow violation, use of loudspeakers without permission and Government employee involved in electioneering would also be a violation of MCC,” added the District Election Officer.

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