KOLKATA: After the polls were announced on March 10, multiple central agencies, including Customs, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence and income tax, have seized gold worth Rs 16 crore in Bengal, including seizures amounting to Rs 9 core in Kolkata. However, the pre-poll seizures are being analyzed seriously,” said a senior officer.According to EC, the seizure of gold in Bengal during the 2014 Lok Sabha election was around Rs 2.8 crore. We are trying to identify the vulnerable constituencies and will put them on 24-hour surveillance,” an EC official said. We will also make special arrangements like deployment of assistant expenditure observers, additional flying squads, static surveillance teams and video surveillance teams as required. All of them have also been asked to conduct inter-departmental meetings and make a coordinated effort to stop the flow of cash, gold and liquor in the state.
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