Kohima Municipal Council nabs 6 wholesalers for selling items at higher price
Kohima, Aug. 5 (EMN): The Kohima Municipal Council (KMC) on Wednesday caught six vegetable wholesale vendors, including four women for selling vegetables bought from Murgipatty in Dimapur as ‘local products’ in Kohima.
Sources from KMC informed that acting on specific information about transportation of vegetables to the state capital, KMC Chief Inspector K Pienyu along with two field staff began search operation at various market places in Kohima from 1 am on Wednesday and nabbed six people from the town area at around 2 pm in connection with the fraud. Their vegetables were also seized, the sources said.
The KMC, district administration, DEF (Police), Association of Kohima Municipal Wards Panchayat (AKMWP), Angami Youth Organisation (AYO) and Self-employed Women’s Association (SEWA) also issued a joint statement informing about the Wednesday incident wherein six persons were apprehended in Kohima for allegedly bringing vegetables from Dimapur and selling them as local products in order to sell the items at a higher price than the one fixed by the authorities.
Through the statement, the organisations warned the people who are profiteering at the expense of others not to resort to unethical business and that welfare of the citizens remains supreme.
It stated that a meeting was held in connection with the total lockdown and the brunt that common people have to bear due to the price rise. While assuring round-the-clock service to the public, the KMC also ‘urged the citizens to take purchase of goods at the price it has fixed as a matter of right’.
It maintained that the persons involved in Wednesday incident were released after an undertaking not to repeat such practice and that they would refrain from importing any goods that may violate the prices fixed for Kohima.
“Goods seized will be handed over to charity and a receipt of the same shall be obtained,” the release stated.