Rawalpindi: 52 profiteers held
RAWALPINDI: As many as 52 profiteers were arrested and 21 FIRs were registered against them during a crackdown launched by the City District Government, Rawalpindi, in different localities, including Banni, Waris Khan, New Town and Satellite Town on Friday.
In 132 raids in 36 markets, City Assistant Commissioner (AC) Saif Anwar Jappa along with Special Price Magistrate Raja Jehangir Ahmed Khan registered 21 FIRs under Section 3/7 against profiteers, who were involved in selling vegetables, fruit, milk and yoghurt at higher rates.
In a meeting, District Coordination Officer (DCO) Captain (r) Saqib Zafar ordered the assistant commissioner and special price magistrates to launch a crackdown on profiteers. He also ordered them not to impose fines but to directly register FIRs against them.
Assistant Commissioner (AC) Saif Anwar Jappa told ‘The News’ that the concerned authorities ordered registration of FIRs directly rather than imposing fines against profiteers. “We have started the crackdown after receiving several complaints from consumers against profiteering in their areas,” he said. He said that he has formed special teams, which would conduct surprise raids day and night to arrest profiteers.
Special Price Magistrate Raja Jehangir Ahmed Khan said that shopkeepers and vendors have to sell items according to the price lists issued by the City District Government, otherwise they would not be spared at any cost.
Talking to ‘The News,’ consumers said that the City District Government should also conduct raids on meat shops to check overcharging. Butchers were openly violating the price list of the City District Government and taking profit up to Rs200 per kilogram on mutton and Rs100 per kilogram on beef.
Riaz Ahmed Shaikh, a consumer, said that butchers were selling one kilogram of mutton for Rs500-520 and beef for Rs300-320 in localities like Banni, Waris Khan and Lalkurti.