Pune: Citizens of the city are panic buying several essential items just ahead of the current unlocking phase… Reason? They heard somewhere someone saying that a strict lockdown will be imposed again after September 2 in the city. When asked who told them so, several citizens have claimed that the traders in the city are claiming so. However, the district administration has clarified that these are rumours and citizens should not believe them.
The lockdown was earlier called by the central and state governments to prevent the outbreak of coronavirus. Markets were then gradually opened. Meanwhile, another ten-day lockdown was called by the administration in July. Since then, the state and central governments have been trying to streamline the business activities in markets in phases.
Just when the markets are returning to normalcy after a four-month-long business shutdown, rumours are rife in the city that the lockdown will be imposed once again. This is creating an atmosphere of panic among the citizens. Several citizens are enquiring about the lockdown situation by calling on phone numbers of Sakal Media group.
When Sakal Times correspondent inquired about this, it came to light that some traders are deliberately spreading rumours that the lockdown will be implemented again after September 2 just to create panic buying from customers. As a result, the shops are getting crowded. There have also been complaints in the morning that goods are being sold at hiked prices taking advantage of this panic in citizens. It has become a form of deception of citizens.
Sangeeta Malve, a housewife said, "I went shopping at the Marketyard yesterday. The local traders and merchants told me to stock food grains and other essential items citing re-lockdown from September month as a reason. Citizens have seen panic buying several items due to this fear-mongering by the traders who also had artificially hiked prices of essential goods."
District Collector Dr Rajesh Deshmukh said, "If anyone is spreading rumours that there will be a lockdown again, citizens should not believe it. If it is found that someone is spreading such rumours, action will be taken against them. Citizens should step out and cause crowding unnecessarily."