SHANGLA: The tehsil administration of Bisham has arrested all nanbais of Bisham city and sealed their shops for increasing the price of roti (bread) to Rs20 from Rs10.

Assistant commissioner, Bisham, accompanied by police officials raided nanbais shops on Thursday after public complaints about the sudden increase in roti price from Rs10 to Rs20 despite clear instructions from the administration not to hike the rate.

The AC has registered cases against them as they violated the administration’s orders and increased their rates.

The official told mediapersons that the nanbais were found selling the low weight bread at Rs20. He said that the nanbais who were booked included Mohammad Hayat, Salim Taj, Zahid Khan and Zaib Ullah Khan of Chakesar, Rahat Shah, Usman Ali and Zahid Hussain of Karora and Usman Ali of Bisham.

Meanwhile, assistant commissioner, Alpuri, Wajid Khan raided a private warehouse and found that subsided flour was stored there by a dealer. He warned the flour dealers in Alpuri bazaar to avoid hoarding otherwise action would be taken against them.

26 BOOKED: At least 26 people, including two local mediapersons, were booked by police for blocking Bisham-Swat road while staging a protest against the custodial death and protocol to the sub-inspector who was allegedly involved in the case.

An FIR registered by Karora SHO Mohammad Siraj Khan said that 26 local elders, including two local journalists Niaz Ahmed and Attaur Rehman, had been booked for blocking the Bisham-Swat road at Karora Chowk for hours.

The FIR also mentioned that the protesters had pulled out sticks and attempted to hit the police party.

Published in Dawn, August 14th, 2020