Hyderabad: ‘Hawala’ cash to the tune of Rs 7.51 crore, intended for bribing voters, was seized and four people arrested, in a major haul ahead of the December 7 assembly elections in Telangana, police said.
The cash was seized from different locations in a joint operation carried out by various wings of the city police and the Static Surveillance Team, Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar told reporters.
Four hawala operators were arrested, he said, adding that the Income Tax department and the Enforcement Directorate were being informed so that they can examine the trail of the financial transactions and involvement of shell companies in routing the cash.
This money would have been used for bribing the voters involved in the election process. This amount is intended for delivery to some political leaders for distribution to the voters and in such deals the accused get huge commission, Kumar said.
During the search of the house of one of the arrested Bahbut Singh Raj Purohit, a .32 bore revolver belonging to his brother was found along with the hawala cash, he said.
We will not allow any individual or political party to influence the election by use of cash, Kumar said, asserting that the city Police was committed to ensuring a free and fair election.