action against hoarders in Bihar as price rises to R150-200/kg
statesman news service
Patna, 15 November
Twenty-one people have been arrested in a massive state-wide crackdown by the state administration on hoarders and black-marketeers today, a day after a rumour about the shortage of salt pushed up its price to Rs 150-200 a kg in various districts of Bihar.
The government was forced to act following panic among the people in various parts of the state through which businessmen may have made big bucks, even as the state government announced there was enough stock in the state.
The arrests were made from Patna, Nawada, Muzaffarpur, Vaishali, Sitamarhi, Gopalganj and other districts. Police have also lodged 15 FIRs against the accused even as the state administration asked the masses not to pay heed to the rumours.  Many also bought five kgs of salt at exorbitant prices ranging between Rs 150 to Rs 200. Such was the situation that the state government had to direct the district authorities to announce through a public address system that there was no shortage of salt in Bihar.
The food and civil supplies minister Shyam Rajak described it as a handiwork of “communal parties” which, he alleged, were trying to destabilise the state government after being pushed out of power. However, senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said: “The state government failing to control the situation in the state has no work other than blaming the BJP for every ills.”