CHENNAI: The Income Tax department, Election Commission’s Flying Squads and paramilitary forces on Thursday carried out raids at various locations in the city to flush out money allegedly meant to be distributed to voters.
An Income Tax official confirmed to Express that raids were conducted in Royapuram in two different localities. He said that the department did not get any cash or incriminating documents.
It is learnt from Election Commission officials that the searches were carried out against party functionaries in the two localities.
Meanwhile, Income Tax department also confirmed that searches are being carried out in several parts of the city. However, the official refused to provide any details on the localities where the searches are being conducted.
A team headed by deputy director of the Income Tax department along with six income tax officers and six inspectors are posted in each district of the State to prevent voters being lured with cash.
The Income Tax department has already seized more than `21 crore, which is a record in the history of elections in Tamil Nadu.