Lucknow: Soon after the Allahabad High Court reprimanded the Uttar Pradesh government for not imposing lockdown in the state amid increasing cases of Coronavirus and directing the administration to impose a week long lockdown in its five cities including Lucknow, the panic-struck residents thronged neighbourhood grocery stores to buy kitchen essentials and other daily needs products.
Heavy rush of people was seen outside chemists, milk vends, fruits and vegetables shops at various locations across the city after reports that there might be a lockdown till April 26 went viral.
In Nishatganj, Daliganj, IT Chauraha and some parts of Aliganj people came out in large numbers to purchase goods in bulk. while, vegetable market of Nishatganj was jam-packed. “Vendors have increased rates of vegetables. But we have no option but to purchase vegetables for a week,” said a buyer.
Grocery shops were also packed with customers, purchasing wheat, rice, refined oil and pulses.
Naman Kukreja, a resident of Daliganj, said, “We know that there is no shortage of these items. But, nobody wants to take chances. Some shop owners are taking advantage of the situation.”
Meanwhile, liquor shops were shut on Monday due to the closure order in view of panchayat elections, but some of them opened in the afternoon with half shutters down and started selling products. A model shop near IT Chauraha was so packed with customers that it exhausted its stock in just two hours.
Talking about the liquor purchase, another buyer told, “I have purchased liquor in sufficient quantity as I don’t want to take a chance. It was a very bad experience last year. I did not want to commit the same mistake again.”