Rs 34.90 lakh seized in Arunachal Pradesh

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I-T Dept deploys surveillance teams in NE states for LS polls

HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, March 20: Income Tax Department sleuths, monitoring movement cash in poll-bound Northeastern states, have seized Rs 34.90 lakh from Longding in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh.

According to an IT Department release, acting on actionable intelligence and timely information from police near Longding in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh about interception of Rs 34.90 lakh by Static Surveillance Team, the sleuths of Investigation Directorate swung into action and reached the spot and seized the amount on Tuesday evening under Income Tax Act.

A number such seizers have taken place since the deployment of the surveillance teams.

The Income Tax Department has deployed surveillance teams and set up control rooms in seven north eastern states, to deal with any reported movement of unaccounted money ahead of the Lok Sabha elections next month. The Investigation Directorate of the department has gone ahead with the measure in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura, the official release said.

It has also deployed air intelligence units at airports of the seven states.┬áThe department is “continuously gathering intelligence and keeping close surveillance over movement of cash/valuables or other items suspected to be used for bribing of electors during the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections”, the release said.

Banks and District Election Officers are required to inform Investigation Directorate of all withdrawals in excess of Rs 10 lakhs who will take prompt action under relevant laws.

It may be mentioned here on directions from the Election Commission of India (ECI) and Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), Directorate of Income Tax Investigation, North East Region has deployed 160 officials across Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura for monitoring expenditure during the on-going election process in the region.

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