Mangaluru, May 10, 2021: It looked like panic buying as people thronged shops in Dakshina Kannada district on Monday.
The 14 day COVID curfew with more stringent rules has come to force from today.
People started gathering in the towns and markets by around 6 am. It was rush around 7 am and police had to use their lathis in some places to manage the crowd.
“Yesterday and the day before were weekend curfew. From today onwards there is strict regulation on the movement of vehicles for 14 days. The administration has banned the use of vehicles while going for the purchase. As the Ramzan festival is just a few days away people preferred to come to shops today to purchase groceries, fruits, and vegetables. All these led to rush in many places in the morning,” Sharan, a businessman told The Canara Post.
“Villagers came to town today to purchase for the next few weeks as are scared to travel frequently due to the restrictions. They also feel the curfew could be more stringent in the future days,” he added.
“There was Panic buying. One person almost purchased the entire Hopcoms fruit stall near Uwa today morning,” one of the customers said.
Many people complained about shops overcharging and shops not issuing bills. The case was similar in other Taluks too. However, by 10 am the roads had a deserted look.