Election officials return Rs 69,400 cash seized from Punjab tourists in Tamil Nadu’s Nilgiris

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Nilgiris: The election officials have returned Rs 69,400 cash seized from a couple from Punjab during the vehicle check as part of Model Code of Conduct rules on the National Highway at Coonoor, in Nilgiris district after due investigation. The Model Code of Conduct came into effect across the country when the Election Commission of India announced the Lok Sabha polls’ dates on March 16.

Rs 69,400 cash seized from pubjab couple in Nilgiris

A couple from Punjab with children arrived in Coonoor on Sunday on a vacation in a hired car from the airport while the Election Flying Squad was conducting a vehicle inspection at Coonoor-Mettupalayam National Highway Road.

At that time, when the election flying squad searched the car, they had confiscated Rs 69,400 in cash, from them.

The woman tourist broke down

Following this, the woman carrying her child broke down and pleaded with the officials to return the money. “We came to Coimbatore from Punjab by plane and from Coimbatore we took a rented car to Ooty. We know nothing and have no money to spend. Give us back our money,” cried the wife of the couple. The video of the incident went viral on social media.

The people alleged that the election flying squad confiscated money from petty traders and tourists who were on vacation instead of confiscating money from members of the political parties meant for bribing voters.

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