KARACHI: As many as 181 shopkeepers were challaned and a fine of Rs 344,000 were imposed for overcharging in violation to the price list of essential commodities while five profiteers were arrested and sent to jail.
Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqi has said that the operations against profiteering is underway in the city by the Karachi Divisional and districts administrations, said a statement on Tuesday.
The actions against profiteers were taken in different areas including Saddar, Civil Line, Garden, Site, Baldia, Ferozabad, Jamshed Quarters, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Gulzar Hijri, Liaquatabad, North Nazimabad, Orangi, Bin Qasim, Ibrahim, Haidery, New Karachi, Landhi, Korangi and Model Coloney.
Total 41 milk sellers, 33 fruits vendors, 56 vegetable merchants, 23 food items grocers and 28 chicken sellers were challaned for violating the officially approved price list.
The administrative officers have also been assigned permanent duties in the wholesale market at the time of auction of fruits and vegetables to check and control the artificial shortage of fruits and vegetables so as to provide relief to the masses.
The Commissioner Karachi said that the crackdown against profiteers will continue, till the time the sale of essential items is not ensured in accordance with the price list.