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Illegal weapons seized across U.P. (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II, Topic: Money and muscle power in elections)

Weapon seize in UP
Since the imposition of the Model Code of Conduct in Uttar Pradesh on January 4, the State police has seized more than 1,750 illegal weapons, 39 crude bombs and 1,800 cartridges, and shut down 40 small factories manufacturing these banned items across the State.

The single biggest haul came in the communally-sensitive western U.P.’s Shamli district adjoining Muzaffarnagar, on Thursday night, when police seized 203 illegal weapons (123 guns and 80 pistols) and 500 semi-formed country-made pistols, and busted three factories manufacturing them.

Prepared for use in elections
 “What the accused has told us is that they prepared the arms keeping in mind the elections. They were expecting a lot of demand. We are not ruling out the gang’s links to the recent political firing [on a BJP leader in Ghaziabad],” Shamli Superintendent of Police (SP) 

Weapons seized
Apart from weapons, since January 4, the police and flying squads have seized more than Rs. 31.6 crore in cash and Rs. 87 crore in foreign currency (of 14 nations) across Uttar Pradesh.

Illegal liquor seized
The recovery of illegal liquor, a common item distributed during elections to woo voters, was also high: 36,491 litres.

Other assets seized
During its operations, the police also recovered more than 4 kg gold, 104 kg silver, 44 silver coins and 372 mobile phones.



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