Kolkata Police conducts raids to prevent hoarding, price gouging of masks, sanitizers

As novel coronavirus cases continue to grow in India, the Kolkata Police conducted raids across the city to check the quantum of masks and sanitizers being hoarded or being sold at higher prices in the market.

The Enforcement Branch of Kolkata Police conducted multiple raids at medical stores across the city and surrounding areas to check for hoarding of masks and sanitizers amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The raids were conducted to check the quantum of masks and sanitizers being hoarded or being sold at higher prices in the market.

Recently, there have been multiple complaints about the sale of poor quality masks at a manifold price. Sanitizers, too, have been missing from markets leaving people hassled and running from one store to the other.

A local resident and make-up artist, Md. Rafique shared his ordeal and said, We have been searching for a mask since the past two hours. We went to many shops but didn’t get any. When the price of the mask is Rs 20 Rs, shops are selling it for Rs 80-100, but that’s not the issue. At least, it should be available. Authorities need to fix this as soon as possible.

Another customer, Fareed Hassan who works in the retail sector had similar concerns. He said, The sanitizers are originally priced at Rs 50 but now it is being sold for Rs 200 and yet they are not available. We need masks and sanitizers and most of the shops are saying that they don’t have stock. So the authorities must take some steps so at least local customers can have the masks.

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