255 profiteers fined Rs0.5m, 41 jailed

KARACHI: In a crackdown on profiteers, 255 shopkeepers were charged with Rs 500000 fine for selling commodities above government rates.Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui has said that the campaign launched against profiteers would continue till they ensured that the commodities were sold at fixed rates.

He further said that city administration had focused those areas where complaints against price hike were received. These areas included Saddar, Civil Line, Garden, SITE, Baldia, Ferozabad, Jamshed Quarters, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Gulzar-e-Hijri, Liaquatabad, Nazimabad, North Nazimabad, Orangi, New Karachi, Ibrahim Hyderi, Model Colony, Bin Qasim and Korangi.

In the crackdown, 40 milkmen, six shopkeepers of general commodities, one flour seller, 43 chicken sellers, 96 vegetable sellers and 61 fruit sellers were fined for selling essential items at excessive prices, while 41 people were sent to jail for continuous violation of official rates.

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