The Delhi government late on Friday night called an emergency meeting of Food and Civil Supplies department officials after reports of shortage and hoarding of salt. Following reports on social media and text messages, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia ordered surveys across the city.
Sisodia and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter to dispel reports of the salt shortage. “Everywhere salt is available. Don’t pay attention to such rumours,” Sisodia said.
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Meanwhile, locals at Jamia Nagar took to streets staging a violent protest after rumours spread about rise in salt prices, late Friday evening. They pelted stones at police personnel deployed in the area as well as DTC buses parked in the area.
“There is no shortage of supply of salt. Teams of food supply officers and sub-divisional magistrates are rounding the city’s markets where salt is available,” Sisodia said.
Rumours of salt shortage triggered panic among people in the evening who rushed to markets to buy salt in bulk.
Food and Civil Supplies Minister Imran Hussain said four teams were deployed at different locations to check black marketing of salt.
A senior Delhi police officer said, “These rumours are false and baseless. Action as per law will be taken against rumour mongers found indulging in such mischievous acts.”