MUMBAI: The Income Tax Department on Wednesday conducted country-wide searches at over 100 stores and other premises belonging to two major south-India based jewellery chains on charges of alleged tax evasion, official sources said. The action is being carried out against Kerala-based jewellery group Joyalukkas and Manjali jewellers, I-T sources said. The searches are in progress,” a senior official said tonight. The raids began early morning at 130 premises of the two business houses in the cities of Chennai, Hyderabad, Thrissur and other locations in Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Delhi and West Bengal, the sources said. The action, they said, is aimed at checking alleged tax evasion, following demonetisation, in the two firms. Sources said the taxman was investigating the “business” links between the two groups also, as part of the action. Tax sleuths had allegedly detected huge cash deposits and sale figures of gold, diamond and jewellery in their accounts.