New Delhi: The Income Tax department has
stepped up vigil at the IGI airport and along the borders of the national capital region in order to check illegal movement of cash in the forthcoming polls in five states, including
Uttar Pradesh and Punjab.
The department, while strengthening its Air Intelligence
Unit (AIU) at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here
with the help of CCTV cameras, has also deployed special teams
to check the movement of undisclosed cash to poll bound Uttar
Pradesh through the borders of the national capital.
Delhi shares its border with Uttar Pradesh`s Noida and Ghaziabad. The measures have been taken on the directions of the Election Commission (EC).
"The measures have been strengthened. While Delhi shares
land border with only one poll-bound state, Uttar Pradesh,
vehicular movement to other states like Punjab and Uttarakhand
is also possible. The airport AIU is also keeping a track of
private and chartered flights originating from here to poll
going states," a senior I-T officer said.
EC has taken the help of various I-T investigation
units in the poll-bound states of UP, Punjab, Uttarakhand,
Manipur and Goa, and also of Delhi to keep a check and curb
black money, suspected to be used in polls to lure voters.
While Manipur goes to polls on January 28, Punjab and
Uttarakhand will have a one-phase voting on January 30. Uttar
Pradesh will have it first phase of voting on February 4 and
Goa goes to poll on March 3.
Recently, the I-T department had seized, from two vans,
cash of about Rs 12.98 crore after it was intercepted at
Delhi`s border with Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh).