Salt shortage rumour creates panic in UP, one dead

Lucknow: As per the information given by the police, rumours of salt shortage in Uttar Pradesh triggered a major law and order situation, leading to the death of a woman in Kanpur.

In the melee she was pushed around and slipped into a drain, dying on the spot, the police said. The police had to resort to cane charge at many places as the panic-stricken gathered in long queues outside grocery shops and retail outlets. Similar situation was witnessed in Meerut where the mob tried to loot grocery shops at Shyamnagar, Lisadhi gate and Samar Garden.

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Eleven persons were arrested in Ghaziabad for hoarding large stocks of salt and trying to sell them at inflated rates. Police and Food and Civil Supply officers were rush to many places in Lucknow, Allahabad, Etawah, Mainpuri, Agra, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar and Ghazipur to control the horde.