KARACHI: As many as 153 shopkeepers were challaned and a fine of Rs 193,500 were imposed for overcharging in violation to the price list of essential commodities while two profiteers were sent to jail.
Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqi has said that an operations against profiteering is underway in the city by Karachi divisional and districts administrations, said a statement on Thursday.
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, Nazimabad, North Nazimabad, Orangi, Baldia, Bin Qasim, Ibrahim, Haidery, New Karachi, Landhi, Korangi and Model Coloney.
Total 54 milk sellers, 35 food items grocers, 34 chicken sellers, 15 vegetables merchants, 14 fruits retailers and one flour merchant were challaned for violating price list. Two profiteers were arrested and sent to jail for their persistent violation of notified price list.
The Commissioner Karachi 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.