Nagaland Police recovers Rs 5 lakh from govt vehicle

Kohima, February 22 (MExN): Nagaland Police has detained the vehicle of a senior officer and seized Rs 5 lakh during a statewide exercise of checking all government vehicles on February 21.

During the exercise, besides some minor seizures, one government vehicle of a Senior Officer which was being used as a flying squad for the election process was detained for carrying unaccounted cash of Rs 5 lakh for which the public servant could not give any satisfactory explanation, an update from PHQ Kohima stated.

Further, Rs 1.5 lakh was seized at Chazouba and 975 kgs of areca nuts & few other seizure of IMFL were reported during this exercise. The seized cash was handed over to the Election Expenditure Monitoring Committee, Kohima.

In view of the polling process which will take place on February 27 and in order to strictly enforce the Model Code of Conduct during the election process, the Nagaland Police led by the Director General of Police (DGP) and all Senior Officers conducted a two hour state-wide exercise of checking all government vehicles on road.

The exercise was necessitated by inputs that some elements may either be using government vehicles or private vehicles with fake government number plates or stickers like ‘On Election Duty’ to vitiate the election process.

Police informed that this exercise was conducted in all the districts of the state wherein all the Senior Officers of Nagaland Police along with SST, FST and CAPF Officers also participated. This exercise was conducted in order to avoid and prevent misuse of any government vehicles for violation of the Mode Code of Conduct, it stated.

During the said exercise, many government vehicles of senior officers of the State/Central Government were checked including the escorts accompanying Special Police Election Observers en route to Mokokchung. The Special Observers also appreciated the statewide exercise.

“The Nagaland Police shall endeavour to implement the Model Code of Conduct without any prejudice. This exercise will continue till the election process is over so that the elections are held in a free & fair manner,” police informed.