KARACHI: City administration has arrested three and fined another 72 retailers of Rs.78,700 for violating the official price lists for essential edible items, said Commissioner of Karachi, Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui on Monday.
He said during the crackdown, carried on daily basis, against the profiteers 17 chicken sellers, seven grocers, 10 green grocers, 31 milk sellers and seven fruit sellers were fined while three chronic profiteers were arrested by the administration.
Areas covered during the campaign included Saddar, Civil Lines, SITE Area, Garden, Baldia Town, Bin Qasim, Ibrahim Hyderi, Ferozabad, Gulshan e Iqbal, Gulzar e Hijri, Liaqutabad, Nazimabad, North Nazimabad, New Karachi, Landhi, Korangi and Model Colony.
The Commissioner Karachi said those arrested have been sent to jail after required legal formalities and they would undergo certain period of imprisonment.
He said the ongoing crackdown against profiteers and those fleecing unassuming consumers under one or the other pretext would continue till a public friendly attitude is adopted by the retailers.
Siddiqui said concerted efforts are also being made to eradicate the tendency of creating artificial shortage of food items at main markets.