Rawalpindi-Deputy Commissioner Ali Randhawa directed the assistant commissioners, magistrates and other officers concerned to conduct raids against profiteers and hoarders regularly and take strict action in accordance with the law against the rules violators.

According to a district administration spokesman, to ensure supply of food items to the residents on affordable rates, the Rawalpindi District Administration conducted raids last week in different markets of the district including Rawalpindi city and cantt areas and imposed fines on profiteers while 7 FIRs were also lodged against the violators.

The authorities concerned had also been instructed to hold price control committee meeting twice a month.

The ACs and price magistrates of the district on the directive of the DC Rawalpindi conducted 135 raids in different areas and took action in accordance with the law against the rules violators. The raids were conducted by magistrates in their respective areas to check quality of edibles and their rates, he said, adding that fines were imposed on profiteers for overcharging the consumers.

AC Rawalpindi City Naeem Afzal conducted raids at 7 points and imposed fines against the violators. AC Cantt Rimsha Javed also raided at 6 points in Cantt sub-division and airport areas and imposed fines on the violators. Sub-Registrar Urban-I Iqbal conducted 25 raids in different markets of New Town and Gungmandi areas and penalized the profiteers.

The spokesman said that the administration was taking action in accordance with the law against profiteers and the violators would not be allowed to cheat the public. The raids would continue and the profiteers would face the music, he added.

The reports would also be sent to the provincial headquarters on daily basis, he added.