Goa tourists get taste of poll code: held for hours, cash seized

HUBBALLI: Some 17 Goa-bound tourists, including 11 foreigners, had a harrowing revel in when they were caught for carrying money more than what is prescribed during election times.
One most sensible government from a Delhi corporate was discovered carrying Rs 97,000 in money, just about double the ceiling of Rs 50,000 allowed in step with person as in step with the election model code of conduct.

The incident took place on Saturday, and came to light when the sufferers approached a Hubballi courtroom on Monday, seeking liberate of their automotive and money.

The incident comes close at the heels of an agriculturist from Dakshina Kannada district was put behind bars for keeping a stock of liquor in excess of what's authorised by way of the model code of conduct. The arrested person wasn't aware that he had to obtain a definite elegance of excise licence to retailer liquor bottles at his residence.

Sonal Pahwa, director of a Delhi-based scientific tourism corporate, was taking 17 tourists, including 11 from Oman, Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, to Goa in vehicles. The squad stopped the vehicles close to Tadas Cross, close to here.

The Delhi director instructed TOI: "We were travelling from Bengaluru to Goa in four cars. One car broke down, and three persons from that vehicle were sent to Goa by bus. The rest of us were travelling in three cars when a flying squad led by a magistrate stopped us at a checkpost, near Hubballi, around 10am on Saturday."

The Delhi director said: "They found Rs 97,000 in cash in my car. We tried to convince the magistrate till 3pm that we were tourists and carrying cash to spend on watersports and casinos at Goa. We also told him that one person was carrying Rs 97,000 for the entire team of 17 tourists."

Pahwa said he wasn't aware that electorate weren't allowed to hold more than Rs 50,000 during elections without documents. "During the five hours spent arguing with the squad, foreign tourists were threatened with seizure of passports. We were taken to the Hubballi Rural police station around 3.30pm. Three hours later, we were informed that an FIR had been lodged against my friend who was driving the car. We left the place by midnight after my friend secured bail," he said.


A woman vacationer, in a letter to the superintendent of police, alleged that some police personnel were "staring at" her when she was waiting at the Hubballi Rural station.


Deputy commissioner SB Bommanahalli promised to seem into their complaints.


Hegde said that the tourists were not pressured. "The police seized their car. They might have felt this as harassment. The money was seized as no document was produced. There was no fault on our part," the legitimate added.



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