KARACHI: As many as 133 shopkeepers were challaned and a total fine of Rs 247,500 was imposed for overcharging in violation to the price list of essential commodities while 31 profiteers were jailed.
Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqi has said that an operation against profiteering is underway in the city by the Karachi Divisional and district administrations, said a statement on Thursday.
The actions against profiteers were taken in different areas including North Nazimabad, New Karachi, Airport, Landhi, Shah Faisal, Garden and Jamshed Quarters.
Total three milk sellers, five fruit vendors, six vegetable merchants, three food items grocers, 108 chicken sellers and eight flour sellers were challaned for violating price list.
The Commissioner has also assigned duties to the administrative officers 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 said that the crackdown against profiteers will continue, till the time the sale of essential items is not ensured in accordance with the official price list.