Coronavirus scare: Unscrupulous elements sell untested chemicals as hand sanitizers
Srinagar, Mar 12:
Cashing-in on coronavirus scare, unscrupulous elements are making hay by
passing- off untested chemicals as hand sanitizers to gullible people in
This follows the
shortage of hand sanitizers and facemasks in the markets.
people have been thronging chemists to purchase hand sanitizers and facemasks
to prevent infection. But most of the chemists have run out of the stock.
However, some hoarders are overpricing customers for hand sanitizers and face
hand sanitizers are sold not more than Rs 50. Two days before I purchased local
hand sanitizers at Rs 80. This time people don’t have any other choice.
Shopkeepers are taking undue advantage of the situation,” said Manzoor Ahmad,
one of the costumers at Lal Chowk.
complicated the problem is that some unscrupulous shopkeepers are passing off
untested chemicals as hand sanitizers to dupe the customers
“I was looking
for a hand sanitizer in one of the prominent supermarkets at Lal Chowk, but I
was shocked to see that they have poured some colored liquid in small
disposable bottles without any label. The liquid was not vicious and sold it at
Rs 150. I did not purchase the chemicals because I was wary about its quality,”
said Ajra Bhat, a college student.
shopkeepers are passing off perfume bottles as sanitizers to customers. “Masks
have vanished from the market. What astonished me was that many shopkeepers
sell perfume bottles with the label of sanitizers,” said Basharat Ahmad, a
customer at Lal Chowk.
Speaking to The
Kashmir Monitor, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan said they
have constituted squads to check over-pricing in the markets.
“We have learned
that sanitizers and masks are unavailable in the markets. People need not worry
we are taking measures to ensure the availability of the stock in the market,”