Salt shortage rumour creates panic in Western UP

Circle Officer Kotwali area Poonam Mishra said police has been sent to Katra Naj from where reports of black marketing had emanated.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: November 11, 2016 10:11 pm
salt, salt shortage, salt price, salt price goes up, salt shortage reported, up salt shortage, uttar pradesh salt shortage, india news Panicked people were buying salt in bulk after there was rumour of salt shortage. (Source: ANI/Twitter)

Panicked people thronged shops as salt shortage rumours spread across parts of Uttar Pradesh on Friday night. In Moradabad, there were reports of panicked customers flocking to market as rumours flew thick and fast that salt has gone out of shelves and shopkeepers are selling at a premium. Circle Officer Kotwali area Poonam Mishra said police has been sent to Katra Naj from where reports of black marketing had emanated.

She said complaints will be filed against some shopkeepers for allegedly triggering the rumours of salt getting in shortage and charging premium for providing essential commodities. In the Makbara market and Karbula market also people thronged the area to purchase salt because of rumours of shortage and black marketing. Circle officer Vijay Pratap Yadav sent force to get the shops closed as people had lined up to stock essential commodities.

Police sources said shopkeepers were unable to offer change for higher denomination notes so when people came to
purchase commodities like salt they offered to sell it without returning the change. For example, some shopkeepers asked for Rs 500 for three kilogrammes of salt as they did not have change. This triggered panic that shopkeepers are black marketing essential commodities because of shortage. ADM City Arun Kumar Srivastava said they will depute
magistrates and police to check any attempt to black market essential commodities.

Even in Delhi, there were reports of salt being sold at a premium but they could not be confirmed independently.
“I had gone to a mall in Mayur Vihar phase one where salt was out of stock. Then I went to Trilokpuri where salt was being sold at Rs 55 per kilogram as shopkeepers do not have change to offer,” Abhishek Roy, an executive with a telecom major told PTI.

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First Published on: November 11, 2016 9:59 pm
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    alam
    Nov 11, 2016 at 8:04 pm
    BHAI SABJI LENA HAI.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;RATION LENA HAI.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;AUTO WALE KO DENA HAI.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;BUS KA TICKET LENA HAI.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;SAB KA EK HI JAWAB 500 KI NOTE TO LOONGA LEKIN KHULLE NAHIN HAIN BAKI PAISA WAPIS DENE KELIYE....lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;SARKAR IS KA BAND O BAST KAB KAREGI
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      alam
      Nov 11, 2016 at 8:00 pm
      DOES THE INDIAN GOVT KNOWS THAT 65 % INDIANS DOES NOT HAVE BANK ACCOUNT AND 45 % INDIANS HAS NEVER USED POST OFFICE?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THOSE SINCE THEY MOUNT TO BE ALMOST 80 CRORES OF OUR POTION ..........lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;THIS IS REAL SURGICAL STRIKE ON MIDDLE AND POOR CL (80 CRORES) PEOPLE
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        dd
        Nov 11, 2016 at 7:25 pm
        Only Khujli and SP, BSP and RJD can spread this rumors...
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          Lotus Valley
          Nov 11, 2016 at 7:31 pm
          These kind of rumours will always be there when in a five year span the number of elections held in our country far exceeds the Diwali and Holis in the same time period. It is high time when there should be a m public movement in India to force the political cl to amend the consution so that centre and all the states elections are held simultaneously only once every five year. In case of any state or even if the centre is not able to complete the 5 year term there should be a all party government whether in the state or centre. This way country will saved of a lot of wasteful expenditure both in terms of money and time which can be utilized in enhancing the infrastructure in the country and eradicating poverty and illiteracy.
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            muddassir
            Nov 12, 2016 at 11:04 am
            this is too much what sought of decesion has taken by the government lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;requesting to all the govt members take neccessary action asap because in market already such things are running and local kirana and store market people blocking the existing salt already
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              Anand Ch
              Nov 12, 2016 at 5:24 am
              Some rogues are trying to encash on lack of small currency. They must be put behind bars.
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                Venu P
                Nov 12, 2016 at 8:56 am
                There is absolutely no basis for any anxiety as to shortage of salt. Such shortage can occur due to two reasons: fall in production and or transport bottlenecks, esp. by rail. There is huge stock available in all producing centres in Gujarat, which produces more than 70% of the country's salt. Prices are not excessive. There are no transport bottlenecks also.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;This writer is a former istant Salt Commissioner.
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                  subraman
                  Nov 11, 2016 at 5:49 pm
                  Just spread a rumour that there is a shortage of intelligence. Maybe these people will try to buy intelligence at premium price. Looneys
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                    BM
                    Nov 11, 2016 at 11:09 pm
                    Tomorrow's news for panic - the sky will fall over Western UP.
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