KARACHI: In a crackdown against profiteers during half of the month, 791 shopkeepers were charged with Rs 1552500 fine for selling commodities above official rates, while 62 others were jailed.
Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui said on Friday that the campaign launched against profiteers would continue till they ensured that the commodities were sold at fixed rates.
He further said that city administration had focused those areas where complaints against price hike were received. These areas included Saddar, Garden, Jamshed Quarters, Gulzar-e-Hijri, Liaquatabad, Nazimabad, Gulberg, North Nazimabad, New Karachi, Murad Memon Goth, Shah Faisal, Aram Bagh, Civil Line, Harbour, Orangi Town, Baldia Town, Landhi, Malir, Model Colony and Korangi.
During 15 days, 382 milkmen were fined Rs892500, 163 shopkeepers of general commodities were fined Rs238500, 187 chicken sellers were fined Rs356500, eight meat sellers were fined Rs12000, 26 vegetable sellers were fined Rs27500, 24 fruit sellers were fined Rs20500 and a bakery man was fined Rs5000 for selling essential items at excessive prices, while 62 persons were sent to jail for continuous violation of official rates.