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Patna, April 1: Over 1,400 people were arrested and Rs 33.93 lakh realised in fines from them today for selling illicit liquor across the state in gross violation of the Election Commissionís directive.

Raiding teams have seized over 60,000 litres of illicit liquor.

This was revealed by the additional chief electoral officer, R. Laxmanan, after review of poll arrangements for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in the state today.

Chief electoral officer Ajay V. Naik reviewed poll preparedness through video-conferencing with the divisional commissioners, inspectors-general of police, deputy inspectors-gene- rals, district magistrates-cum-district electoral officers and the superintendents of police.

Laxmanan, who was also present during the review meeting, told reporters that the members of the flying squads and the static surveillance teams conducted checks on vehicles in Bagaha and recovered Rs 27.5 lakh on Monday evening.

The commission also received similar reports about seizure of cash from Madhubani district.

The additional chief electoral officer, Laxmanan, said special arrangements would be made for the differently abled voters at all the polling booths.

For the visually impaired, dummy ballot sheets in Braille would be made available at the polling booths, he said, adding that such voters would be allowed to take assistants with them.


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