The Government Railway Police and the state Legal Meterology Department raided several stalls at railway stations on the western line on Monday for selling sealed water bottles at prices higher than the MRP. The police teams raided stalls at Grant Road, Mumbai Central, Dadar and Bandra Terminus stations, following multiple complaints from passengers that shops at those stations were selling water bottles at prices higher than the MRP.
“We have received several applications and complaints over time, but this is the first time we have taken coordinated action,” said a railway police official. The police registered seven complaints on Monday against various retailers. The police said that of these, four cases were registered for not declaring the printed MRP, two cases for charging prices more than the printed MRPs and one for smudging out the printed MRP.
Amitabh Gupta, Additional Director General of Police and Controller of Legal Meterology, said that owners of the stalls were booked under the Right to Public Services Act. “We have begun prosecuting owners of the stalls and are carrying out further investigation into the offences,” he said. Gupta added that the police would also examine similar complaints made by passengers at other railway stations.