New Delhi: While the nation is still caught up in exchanging Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8 called a ban over the notes in order to curb the brewing corruption in the nation, a rumour regarding the shortage of salt has hit many districts of western Uttar Pradesh. Chaos was witnessed in the capital city of Lucknow after the salt shortage rumour broke out.

After the rumour broke out, people hailing from Old Lucknow area went out to the shops and bought salt at in bulk quantity at 4 times higher the actual cost. The rumour which started from the western districts of the UP went ahead and reached Kanpur, Allahabad, Sambhal, Moradabad and Rampur. Following the chaos in UP, the reports of shortage of salt also hit many parts in NCR.

After the chaos broke out over the shortage of salt, the UP Police calmed the people and assured them that it was just a rumour.

Speaking on the matter, IG Zone of Lucknow said, “Shortage of salt is a rumour, kindly do not pay any attention to it and help us maintain law and order”.

Later, Moradabad DM also said, “Salt is not going to be sold even one rupee more than its original rate, so people need not worry”, hence putting an end to the panic.

Following the chaos, one man has been detained by the police in Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur for spreading rumours. Also, Delhi Food and Supplies Minister Imran Hussain has called in a  meeting at his residence regarding black marketing of salt, sugar & other commodities.