ISLAMABAD (APP) - With the advent of Eid-ul-Azha, shopkeepers of the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi have started overcharging the consumers on variety of garments, jewellery, cosmetics and other items. The shopkeepers are overcharging despite the warnings from the concerned authorities of strict punitive punishment against the profiteers. A resident of Shamsabad, Zaheer Khan said, I went to a shop to buy clothes and to my surprise, the shopkeeper charged Rs 20 extra per meter. The district administration, during its ongoing crackdown against the profiteers, has arrested and challaned several shopkeepers for overcharging and not displaying rate lists. People have started visiting markets for Eid shopping but they are not interested as the prices of the items are beyond their approach. All the markets and shopping malls are festively decorated and filled with goods to attract the buyers but most of the families seem gloomy over prices and return homes empty hands. An official of the concerned department told APP that the authorities check the prices on regular basis and they are also taking strict actions in case of any malpractice. At the same times, fruit and vegetable vendors are fleecing public by overcharging them in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. The vendors at different places are selling fruit without displaying rate lists at their stalls for overcharging the public. Muhammad Sharif, a shopper in Sector G/8, alleged that there was no check on the prices of vegetables and fruits. He said when he asked a vegetable vendor to show the price list, he refused. Shoppers have demanded the authorities to take action against the violators. The residents also complained that the vendors of vegetable in twin cities are violating the rate lists issued by the concerned authorities. Onion was being sold in different markets at Rs 150 per five kg, while at Sunday bazaar its rate was Rs 108 per five kg. Tomatoes were being sold in the market at 40 per kg while in the bazaar their rate was Rs 30 per kg. Similarly fruit was being sold at Sunday bazaars at cheaper rates than markets. Shoppers complained that overcharging, sale of substandard fruit and vegetables and non-availability of good quality items were main features of vendors as the concerned failed to keep a check on the quality and rates of the commodities.