The rumours of shortage of salt triggered panic among citizens in Uttar Pradesh with some people buying it at Rs 200 per kg, reports said on Friday.
The rumours were initially spread in cities like Bareilly, Rampur and Sambhal. The rumours spread like wild fire and started doing rounds even in the national capital. In Lakshmi Nagar area of Delhi, 60-70 kgs of salt was sold in shops, reports said.
Meanwhile, the Delhi government has appealed to Delhiites not to pay attention to rumours of shortage of salt in the city and assured that there is no scarcity of such essential commodity.
Here are the Live updates:
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#Department of Consumer Affairs Govt of India have been informed about rumoured increase in the prices of salt in some parts of the country
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#There is ample salt in the state, people can buy it any time.Will take action against rumour mongering: ADG (Law and Order) Daljit Chaudhary
#State administration states that there is no dearth, scarcity of salt in the state, request all to not believe rumours: ADG (Law and Order)
#Salt shortage issue: One detained in Uttar Pradesh's Rampur for spreading rumours.
#Please do not believe in any rumours. There is no shortage of salt or any other necessary commodity nor any price hike info," Mumbai Police tweeted.
Please do not believe in any rumours. There is no shortage of #salt or any other necessary commodity nor any price hike information.— Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) November 11, 2016
#An alert has been issued after rumours of shortage of salt. There is no shortage of salt, it is all rumour. Strict action will be taken against those who are spreading rumours," ADG, Law and Order said.
#In a message to all SSPs of Lucknow Zone, IG said, "Please sensitize all officers to remain alert on spread of rumour regarding shortage of salt. It may result in Law and Order problem. Identify the rumour mongers and take strict legal action."
#The rumour regarding shortage of salt is a rumour. Kindly do not pay any attention to it and help us maintaining law and order, IG Zone Lucknow said.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said teams of food supply officers and sub-divisional magistrates are rounding city’s markets where salt is available in sufficient stock.
Allahabad: Panic among people after rumours of salt shortage in UP, authorities say there is no shortage pic.twitter.com/z6XqOuXHsq— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) November 11, 2016
Moradabad (Uttar Pradesh): Salt shortage rumours trigger panic among buyers, some stores selling salt at Rs200/Kg pic.twitter.com/jjjqPXww1W— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) November 11, 2016
Salt shortage rumours trigger panic buying sprees in Western UP; some stores selling salt at Rs200/Kg pic.twitter.com/j33Si0ii2V— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) November 11, 2016
“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.
“Everywhere salt is available. Don’t pay attention to such rumours,” the Deputy CM tweeted.
दिल्ली में नमक की कोई कमी नहीं है। फ़ूड सप्लाई आफिसर और एसडीएम की टीमें बाज़ारों में दौरे पर हैं। हर जगह नमक उपलब्ध है। अफवाहों में न आएं।— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) November 11, 2016
Rumours of salt shortage triggered panic among people in the evening who rushed to markets to buy salt in some of markets in the national capital.
Later, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also assured that there is no shortage of salt and sugar in Delhi.
Food and Civil Supplies Minister Imran Hussain said four teams have been deployed at different locations to crack down on black marketing of salt.