People rush to buy salt as rumour of price hike spreads in Bangladesh

People in various parts of Bangladesh rushed to buy salt as a rumour spread across many cities about the price hike of salt.

Media reports say that shops in Sylhet, Dhaka, Rajshahi, Rangpur and some other cities faced unusual demand for salt as people started stocking salt much beyond their requirement since Monday evening.

The government has quickly issued denial about the shortage of salt saying that the country has adequate stock of salt to meet the demand.

A press release issued by the Ministry of Industries said that the country has a stock of 6.5 lakh metric tonnes of salt while the demand of salt is approximately 1 lakh metric tonne per month. It called upon the people not to be misled by rumours.

The ministry also set up a control room at the Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSIC) to monitor salt matters.

Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi told a press conference in Dhaka that he had asked officials to jail and fine traders if they sold salt at higher prices.

The government has also warned that tough action will be taken against people who spread the rumour about the salt shortage on social media or through other means.

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