Dismissing news of shortage of salt in the city as rumours, Hyderabad Police warned against spreading misinformation that caused panic among citizens.
People had mobbed shops last on Friday night and on Saturday as the rumours spread, with traders selling the mineral for as high as Rs 80 and Rs 100 per kg in some places. There were also rumours of a shortage of sugar.
Deputy mayor Baba Fasiuddin and Jubilee Hills MLA Maganti Gopinath, who visited some shops at Borabanda area on Saturday, asked the police to file cases against the traders profiting from the rumours.
Fasiuddin cautioned residents to purchase products only at the stated market retail price.
“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.
It further stated that adequate quantities of salt are available in the market in Hyderabad.
“Strong action will be initiated against those spreading these rumours,” the statement added.
The rumours of shortage have been spreading at a time people have been facing a cash crunch following the demonetisation of 1000 and 500 rupee notes.