Bhubaneswar: The Twin City Commissionerate Police have started taking stringent action against black marketing of masks and hand sanitizers in Odisha capital amid coronavirus scare.
Several teams of police today raided medicine stores in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack to check hoarding and black marketing of masks and hand sanitizers.
“The shopkeepers are looting us. I had come to the medicine store to buy masks and was charged Rs 150 per mask while the MRP was Rs 30. In the meantime, IIC of Badagada police station raided the shop for which I got my money back,” a customer said.
Police have asked the medicine store owners to refrain from such activities and warned them of legal action.
Extensive raids were conducted in medicine stores across the twin city of Bhubaneswar-Cuttack to prevent hoarding & profiteering through the sell of Masks & hand Sanitisers. Druggists have been sensitised to be careful. Action was taken on the direction of CP @SarangiSudhansu. pic.twitter.com/c0auGYUXrY
— COMMISSIONERATE POLICE (@cpbbsrctc) March 15, 2020
Both masks and hand sanitisers have been brought under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 due to the coronavirus outbreak. This act regulates production, distribution and prices of these items.