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International transit points on alert to check black money during election

The DRI has asked customs officials posted at international transit points to remain vigilant during the Lok Sabha polls and keep a check on passengers and baggage coming from sensitive sectors, including the Gulf

All international airports, ports and land borders in India have been put on alert by the Department of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) to check the circulation of fake Indian currency notes (FICN) and black money during the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

 

The DRI, the lead agency to check smuggling and import duty evasion, has asked customs officials posted at international transit points to remain vigilant during the Lok Sabha polls and keep a check on passengers and baggage coming from sensitive sectors, including the Gulf.

 

The alert was issued some time back following an input that there may be a spurt in smuggling of fake currency notes from abroad during the polls.

 

There are 18 international airports in the country — Amritsar, Jaipur, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Guwahati, Nagpur, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Goa, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kozhikode, Coimbatore, Tiruchirapalli, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Port Blair.

 

Customs officials have been also asked to be alert at international transit land routes, including the Attari-Wagah border (Punjab) and Munabao Railway Station in Jodhpur (Rajasthan), among others.

 

“Ports along the country’s coast lines bringing in cargo from other nations have also been alerted to keep a check on smuggling of fake currency notes and circulation of black money,” an official said.

 

The customs officials are also maintaining a strict vigil on frequent passengers to and from Gulf nations and the South-East sector (Malaysia, the Philippines, Cambodia, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand, among others).

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Election Commission seeks report on remarks from Mulayam, Azam

EC is seeking detailed report on controversial remarks made by SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, RLD chief Ajit Singh and UP minister Azam Khan

The Election Commission (EC) on Wednesday sought a detailed report from poll authorities in Uttar Pradesh on the controversial remarks made by Mulayam Singh Yadav, Ajit Singh and state minister Azam Khan during the high-voltage campaigning for Lok Sabha polls.

 

“The Chief Electoral Officer has been asked to provide us with CDs of the controversial statements. The district election officers have also been asked to submit detailed reports on the remarks at the earliest,” EC sources told reporters.

 

While Yadav, the chief of Samajwadi Party attracted the EC’s attention for his reported remarks that he will “destroy” Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s Amit Shah, details on Azam Khan’s ‘Kargil’ remarks have also been sought.

 

Union Minister Ajit Singh’s statement that to prevent communalisation, he could even throw BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi into the sea has also attracted the EC’s attention.

 

The poll body has also received complaints with regard to the remarks.

 

Addressing the media in Lucknow on Tuesday, Yadav had said that it is unfortunate that people like Amit Shah are not behind bars.

 

“People like him are making divisive speeches. We will fight BJP like we have and we will destroy Amit Shah,” the Samajwadi Party chief had said.

 

EC has taken cognisance of the “destroy Amit Shah remark”, the Commission sources said.

 

Shah, a close aide of Modi, has received an EC notice for a series of hate speeches in Muzaffarnagar in UP.

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