Aurangabad : In a drive to curb malpractices ahead of assembly elections, flying squads of the Election Commission have seized cash of Rs 1.05 crores and mobile handsets totally worth Rs 31 lakh in raids conducted across Marathwada during the past six days.

Six persons have been arrested in this connection.

According to district elections officials, Aurangabad (rural) police seized Rs 56 lakh cash from a jeep at a check point on Dhule-Sholapur national highway on Sunday.  Amar Singh Arvind Singh (36) and Shankar Singh Veerbahadur Singh (27), residents of New Delhi, were arrested in this connection.

On being questioned, the two said they were carrying cash from New Delhi to Pune. However, they did not reveal the man behind the operation.

In an earlier raid, Aurangabad (rural) police seized Rs 16 lakh cash being taken to constituencies.

Three flying squads are operating in each of the nine Assembly constituencies in Aurangabad district.

In separate raids on Friday, another flying squad seized mobile handsets worth Rs 31 lakh at Phulambri on Aurangabad-Jalgaon Road. Two people were arrested in this connection. On Monday, squads seized Rs 34 lakh cash in raids conducted across the district.

 The flying squads will be in action day in and day out until the model code of conduct is lifted. The income tax department will trace the sources of the cash seized by poll officials and round up the people behind these illegal operations.

Sudhir Dharmadhikari