*157 IT officials deployed in NER
By A O News Service
ITANAGAR, Mar 13: Just three days after model code of conduct came into force; Capital Police in a significant development seized Rs 15.6 lakh cash, 15 live sounds and 20 metches (daos) during checking in police at nakas in Capital Complex on Tuesday night.
The is first such seizure in entire Arunachal Pradesh slated to go to simultaneous Assembly and Lok Sabha polls on April 11 next, Capital SP Tume Ammo said, adding that police patrolling has been intensified on receipt of directive from election authority.
The seizure included currency notes of different denominations while eight rifles/guns were deposited in police station and 12 poster, banners & others defacing public properties were removed.
Meanwhile, a case (No 69/19) u/s 326 IPC was registered with Itanagar PS on receipt of a complaint from Taba Laj of Hokka village, Jullang that his elder brother Taba Niya, 28, was brutally attacked near Pachin River causing him multiple injuries and he was admitted to GNRC Guwahati for treatment.
Another case (No 09/19) U/S 341/323/506 IPC was registered on receipt of a complaint from Takam Amin of C-Sector here that she was beaten up by a lady Heema Hospital and used unparliamentarily words on March 9 last and had also assaulted her at Kimin Circuit house.
Meanwhile, Income Tax North East region (NER) principal chief commissioner Kavita Jha has deputed additional manpower of 116 officers and inspectors of the department to IT directorate (investigation) for ensuing Lok Sabha elections.
The NER investigation wing on Tuesday had deployed 157 officials for Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura to monitor election expenditure and flow of black money across 112 districts and intimated the chief electoral officers (CEOs) of seven NE states, according to an official release.
This deployment at the directive of Election Commission of India (ECI) to Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) in a bid to throttle flow of black money to influence elections since black money vitiates the purity of election process. The teams will monitor movement of large sums of cash or other items suspected to be used for bribing of electors and on the basis of information or complaint, will conduct independent enquiry against any person indulging in such acts.
They will also verify affidavits declaring assets and liabilities filed by the candidates before ECI and election expenses by any candidate or political party. They will also report to the ECI about political parties which are taking donations and enjoying tax exemptions without filing the statutory returns. Banks are also required to pass on information about withdrawal of more than Rs. 10 lakh to IT additional director Subhrajyoti Bhattacharje, the nodal officer.
The directorate has also activated air intelligence units at all airports in NER to monitor movement of cash or valuables. State authorities and police are also required to report movement of any suspicious cash to the I-T authorities. Principal IT director Sanjay Bahadur (IRS) has issued instructions for heightened surveillance and intelligence gathering during elections as the authorities can enter and search any building, place, vessel or aircraft if it is suspected that any unaccounted money, bullion, jewellery or other valuable article or thing is to be found there and seize the same u/s 132 of Income Tax Act.