The Enforcement Branch (EB) of the Kolkata Police on Sunday conducted raids at different markets in the city to check the skyrocketing prices of vegetables.
The torrential rainfall in the past few days has left an effect on the cultivation of vegetables in different parts of the South Bengal districts.
As a result, the prices of vegetables in markets in the city have gone up manifold.
A team comprising senior officers of EB on Sunday visited markets including Manicktala, Entally and Posta.
The officers tried to know the price at which the vegetables were being sold by traders in the market.
The officers asked the traders not to sell vegetables and other essential goods unnecessarily at a higher price and also cautioned them saying that stringent action will be taken against them if they are found hoarding or selling vegetables at a premium.
The officers had also checked whether any colour is being mixed with vegetables.
The traders have been clearly told that legal steps would be taken against them if they are caught mixing colours to vegetables to make it more attractive.
The team of EB will continue visiting different markets in the city in the next one week. Rabindranath Sarkar, DC, EB, said necessary steps would be taken on an immediate basis if anyone lodged complaint against any shopkeeper or vegetable sellers alleging that they were charging excessively.
It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had formed a Task Force to check abnormal hike in the price of essential goods.