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Price Control Magistrates book another 99 profiteers in the province

DCO Lahore Capt (R) Muhammad UsmanLahore: Price Control Magistrates have accelerated crackdown against the traders and shopkeepers involved in profiteering, hoarding and adulteration and other violations in 36 districts of the province.

According to Ramadan Monitoring Report, maximum fine of more than two lakh 58 thousand rupees was recovered from Faisalabad while minimum fine of Rs. 11800 was imposed in district Bahawalnagar. As many as 1448 raids were conducted in district Lahore and a fine of Rs. 132150 was received.

Moreover, 99 FIRs were registered and 185 traders were arrested. 1756 Price Control Magistrates checked 2119 markets of different cities and conducted raids on 9439 shops. As many as 1940 traders and shopkeepers faced legal action for overcharging, seven shopkeepers were found involved in hoarding, 76 shopkeepers and traders were involved in adulteration and other violations of law.

Price Control Magistrates took legal action and got registered 222 FIRs. 354 traders and shopkeepers were arrested and a fine of Rs. 2273450 was imposed. Similarly, 2172 shops were inspected for checking weights and measures and violation of law was detected at 204 places. 106 traders and shopkeepers were arrested for short weighting. Inspectors of Labour Department have started legal action against traders and shopkeepers.

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