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EC team seizes Rs 1 crore from chopper

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DIMAPUR, Feb 16 � The Assam Rifles today detained a candidate contesting from the 49 Tamlu Assembly seat under Longleng district of Nagaland after he landed at the AR helipad along with Rs 1 crore in cash.

Sources said the Nagaland Peoples Front (NPF) candidate Nyemli Phom made an unscheduled landing at the AR helipad in Longleng district at around 10 am in a rented chopper. The candidate was alone in the chopper when it made the unscheduled landing.

Since it is against the norms, the AR personnel inquired about the identity of the passenger and checked what was in his possession. During the checking, the cash amounting to Rs 1 crore was discovered.

Even the Longleng district administration was not notified on the arrival of the chopper, sources further said. The district administration and Expenditure Observer from the Election Commission (EC) were informed on the landing of the unexpected passenger in the chopper by the Assam Rifles.

The candidate was questioned on the possession of cash which exceeded way beyond the amount fixed by the EC.

The Election Commission had informed in its directives that if any cash exceeding Rs 50,000 is found in a vehicle carrying the candidate or his agent or party worker would be subjected to seizure.

PTI adds: An Election Commission surveillance team today seized the cash from a helicopter allegedly being used by a candidate of the Nagaland Peoples Front (NPF).

A team of EC-appointed Observers seized the cash from a chopper, which was allegedly hired to ferry Nyemli Phom, official sources said.

The EC team has alerted the Income Tax department and police officials about the development and they have dispatched their teams for necessary action, they said.

Sources said the candidate will be asked about the sources and utility of this huge cash and after recording the statement a decision will be taken about the cash.

The EC has issued guidelines to political parties to instruct their candidates not to carry huge cash and conduct transactions through banking channels.

The EC has appointed a team of �Expenditure Observers� in the State to keep a check on illegal money and other inducements being used for voters at the hustings. The EC-appointed teams are also keeping a close eye on any instances of �Paid News� in the run up to the polls.

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EC team seizes Rs 1 crore from chopper

DIMAPUR, Feb 16 � The Assam Rifles today detained a candidate contesting from the 49 Tamlu Assembly seat under Longleng district of Nagaland after he landed at the AR helipad along with Rs 1 crore in cash.

Sources said the Nagaland Peoples Front (NPF) candidate Nyemli Phom made an unscheduled landing at the AR helipad in Longleng district at around 10 am in a rented chopper. The candidate was alone in the chopper when it made the unscheduled landing.

Since it is against the norms, the AR personnel inquired about the identity of the passenger and checked what was in his possession. During the checking, the cash amounting to Rs 1 crore was discovered.

Even the Longleng district administration was not notified on the arrival of the chopper, sources further said. The district administration and Expenditure Observer from the Election Commission (EC) were informed on the landing of the unexpected passenger in the chopper by the Assam Rifles.

The candidate was questioned on the possession of cash which exceeded way beyond the amount fixed by the EC.

The Election Commission had informed in its directives that if any cash exceeding Rs 50,000 is found in a vehicle carrying the candidate or his agent or party worker would be subjected to seizure.

PTI adds: An Election Commission surveillance team today seized the cash from a helicopter allegedly being used by a candidate of the Nagaland Peoples Front (NPF).

A team of EC-appointed Observers seized the cash from a chopper, which was allegedly hired to ferry Nyemli Phom, official sources said.

The EC team has alerted the Income Tax department and police officials about the development and they have dispatched their teams for necessary action, they said.

Sources said the candidate will be asked about the sources and utility of this huge cash and after recording the statement a decision will be taken about the cash.

The EC has issued guidelines to political parties to instruct their candidates not to carry huge cash and conduct transactions through banking channels.

The EC has appointed a team of �Expenditure Observers� in the State to keep a check on illegal money and other inducements being used for voters at the hustings. The EC-appointed teams are also keeping a close eye on any instances of �Paid News� in the run up to the polls.

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