Using public transport to move money to 'buy votes'

Taking a different tack from the usual way of using private vehicles for transporting money, close aides of several politicians in the Telugu States are using public transport to move large amount of cash .

The instance of Cyberabad police seizing ₹2 crore from two persons trying to transport cash to Rajahmundry by train is a classic case of how people close to candidates are using public transport to move the huge amount of cash.

“Politicians are adopting different strategies for moving money to avoid police check-posts and use of public transport is one of them,” said a senior police official.

The unaccounted cash of ₹ 2 crore seized from two employees of a construction firm on Wednesday night belongs to Telugu Desam Party MP M. Muralimohan, confirms Cyberabad Police Commissioner V.C. Sajjanar.

He said that the cash, which was being transported by the employees of Jayabheri Properties was meant for ‘distribution’ in Rajahmundry, from where Mr Muralimohan’s daughter-in-law Maganti Roopa is contesting as LS candidate.

The two were identified as Nimmaluri Srihari (44) and Aruthi Pandari (39), who work for Jayabheri group owned by the actor-turned-politician Muralimohan, who was also made accused in the case relating to election offence.

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