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Income tax officials seized Rs 1.48 crore of unaccounted cash from TTV Dhinakaran’s partyman at Andipatti in Tamil Nadu’s Theni constituency today. Raids were carried out on an AMMK (Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam) leader in Andipatti, where by-elections will be held tomorrow. I-T officials told NDTV that 94 packets of cash, with ward numbers and number of voters, were found.
Markings on the packets show Rs 300 per voter was to be distributed said tax officials.
AMMK party workers initially tried to fight the income tax and Election Commission’s teams. The police fired in the air to control the mob said officials. No one was injured in the firing.
When the poll panel’s flying squad team arrived at a store in Andipatti, the shopkeeper, believed to be a supporter of AMMK, tried to shut the store and flee. Four AMMK supporters have been detained said police sources.
The raids that went on overnight ended at 5.30 this morning. “All these wards are within the Andipatti assembly segment,” said senior I-T B Murali Kumar, in charge of the investigations. Mr Kumar added that the premises belonged to a functionary of the AMMK party. A report on the operation will be sent to the Central Board of Direct Taxes and the Election Commission in New Delhi, said the official.
A postal ballot paper for Andipatti assembly by-election, which was already marked for an AMMK candidate, was also found on the premises and seized, officials told news agency PTI.
Polling in Tamil Nadu’s Vellore Lok Sabha constituency has been cancelled by the Election Commission, after Rs 11.5 crore in cash was allegedly seized from a warehouse belonging to a DMK candidate earlier this month. Vellore was to go to polls on Thursday, along with 38 other seats of Tamil Nadu as part of the second phase of general elections.
AIADMK ally and Vellore candidate AC Shanmugam is set to move the Madras High Court, challenging the cancellation of election.
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