Silchar, June 28: 36 loaded LPG cylinders have been recovered from three shops at Jirighat, Lakhipur on Monday. T T D Daulagupu, in-charge, ADC, and Dilip Kumar Roy, in-charge sub-divisiol officer, and J K Dhulai, sub-inspector, food and civil supply department, were making a round in several areas of the place and came across the fair-price shops.
The three shop owners, Dipankar Deb, whose shop had 9 cylinders, Ajit Banik, who kept 14 cooking gas cylinders and Amit Deb, whose shop had 13, have been ordered keep their shops shuttered till investigation is over. Further investigations will be carried out to find out whether there is any corruption or black money involved in the case. Moreover, it is also dangerous to stack such explosive stuffs. The cylinders have been handed over to Jirighat police. They have ordered a prompt action regarding the truth behind stocking a large number of cylinders.
While taking a round, the three officials also found that many fair-price shops have been running with no rate chart hung. It is a must for the shops to display the latest rate charts so that no shop owner can charge more from the customers. Otherwise, the shop owners will continue to charge high for the essential commodities. There are a number of fair-price shops running without a chart detailing the prices of essential commodities. Of lately, people have been complaining against these shops which increase the prices of the items according to their sweet will. A rate chart will definitely curtail the margin of profit earned unscrupulously by these shopkeepers.