5 arrested for unnecessary price hike in markets amidst state lockdown
By Our Correspondent, 24/03/2020, Agartala

In a major crackdown amidst state lockdown, the West district administration on Tuesday nabbed at least five sellers for allegedly selling goods higher than the normal price to create an avoidable crisis in the name of lockdown. The shopkeepers are nabbed from three different markets here in Agartala.

DM, West Sandeep Mahatme accompanied by SDM Sadar Ashim Saha has lead the raid to crack the unnecessary price hike of groceries and other food items in the markets. The five are nabbed from Agartala's Maharajganj Bazar, Lake Chowmuhni Bazar and Durga Chowmuhni Bazar. SDM informed that they are currently taken into police custody.

“There is no crisis of vegetables, food grains, petrol and diesel across the state,” adding to this the SDM Ashim Saha said, “Legal action will be taken against the unnecessary crisis makers to create panic in the name of lockdown.” He said such raids will be conducted on daily basis to make an assessment of the market price and sternest action will be taken against the culprits if they are found selling goods higher than the normal market price.

Meantime, claiming of no petrol and diesel crisis the SDM warned the panic creators of legal action. He said, “Unnecessary queue in the petrol pumps will not be entertained as government has put restrictions on mass gathering to maintain social distancing and combat the deadly COVID-19 disease.”

The raid has come up just a day after the Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has warned of legal action against the crisis makers on the state's market. However, the raid perhaps has alarmed rest of the sellers across the state. There was a complaint against section of sellers and businessmen in the market taking an advantage of state lockdown to create crisis of groceries and other food items.