Hyderabad Police dismiss salt shortage rumours, warn action against guilty
Rumours of salt shortage led to panic among citizens in some parts of the city late on Friday night, but police asserted that such information was baseless and warned those spreading such rumours.
People mobbed shops late on Friday night and Saturday morning following the rumours and traders sold salt for Rs 80 and Rs 100 per kg at some places, some city residents claimed.
Rumours of shortage of sugar also did the rounds in the city.
Hyderabad deputy mayor Baba Fasiuddin and Jubilee Hills MLA Maganti Gopinath visited some shops at Borabanda area in the morning and asked police inspector to file cases against those who sold salt for higher prices, a release said.
The deputy mayor told residents in the locality not to buy any product for higher prices and that they would be available for MRP only.
Dismissing the rumours of shortage of salt, the Hyderabad Police on Saturday warned that strong action would be taken against those spreading such false information.
“In social media, some rumours have been floating around stating there is acute shortage of common salt/ table salt. Such news is absolutely false and baseless,” a release from the Commissioner of Police said.
Adequate quantities of salt are available in the market in Hyderabad, it said, asking people not to believe such rumours.