To curb rumour-mongering over lack of essential commodities, the Mumbai police have allayed people’s fears and vowed action against those who have been spreading false information.
The Modi government had on Tuesday scrapped Rs500 and Rs1,000 banknotes to crack down on black money. The shock decision triggered lack of small denomination notes, leading to rumours about a shortage of salt and the subsequent price rise.It was followed by panic buying in a few pockets of the city, especially in the eastern suburbs.
“There is no shortage and the police are co-ordinating with the revenue department for any kind of illegalities,” said Ashok Dudhe, deputy commissioner of police and spokesperson, adding that no case has reported about any hoarding of goods.
The Mumbai police also took to social media after reports of certain shops taking advantage of the situation and resorting to overpricing.
The police suspect that rumours were the handiwork of hoarders and black marketeers.
Meanwhile, the police also scotched another rumour which stated that any person whose daughter or sister is getting married can withdraw Rs5 lakh after getting local DCP’s stamp on the wedding card.