Reeling under curfew for the last few days, common people in the old city areas had to pay exorbitant prices to buy essential commodities when the restrictions were relaxed for two hours today.
The prices of food items were so high that a litre of milk had to bought for Rs 100 at several places.
"Milk was being sold for Rs 100 a litre. We need milk to feed the children. How can we pay this high price?" several residents complained.
Other essential food items like vegetables and fruits were also sold for abnormally high prices, they alleged.
Though the Andhra Pradesh Government has arranged mobile outlets for selling vegetables and other items, many complained that they did not have access to them.
Home Minister P Sabita Reddy said four persons have been taken into custody for allegedly exploiting consumers.
Promising to take tough action against traders who indulge in malpractices, Reddy said Hyderabad Collector was monitoring the supply of essential goods to curfew-bound areas.
Meanwhile, no untoward incident was reported from any part of Hyderabad since last night.
"The curfew which was relaxed for two hours in two slots went off peacefully. No untoward incident was reported from any curfew-imposed area," City Police Commissioner A K Khan told PTI.