At least ₹3.5 crore meant for voters has been seized from a van in Warangal district on the eve of the assembly polls in Telangana, said the police on Thursday, December 6.
The cash was to be delivered allegedly to some political leaders for distribution to influence voters, the police said.
Acting on a tip-off, the police intercepted the van moving suspiciously on Wednesday night and checked the vehicle.
The check yielded the amount and the person in the van, who was detained, was identified as F Reddy known to a contesting candidate of Wardhannapet assembly constituency, the police said.
A total of around 140 crore of illegal money has been seized in the last 24 days in Telangana
However this is not the first time cash has been seized from Telangana there has been other incidents like this on Thursday, November 5, ₹ .5.8-Crore "Hawala Cash" Seized From Car before the Telangana Polls
Black money to the tune of ₹ 7.51 crore was seized from various places across Hyderabad in a joint operation by the police in November. Four hawala operators were arrested in this connection, and the Enforcement Directorate alerted in order to identify the shell companies involved.
The frequency of seizures only increased as the elections drew closer. Earlier this week, police waylaid a car that was transporting ₹ 6 crore from Hyderabad to Warangal without valid documents. In another incident, police seized ₹ 50 lakh from an auto rickshaw heading to Nennella from Manchiryal.
A total of around ₹ 140 crore of illegal money has been seized in the last 24 days in Telangana