The pandemic coronavirus outbreak has led to a huge demand for sanitizers and masks in the country due to which there is also a scarcity of the same in some areas.
Amid the huge demands, a man in Sambhal, on Wednesday, has been booked for allegedly manufacturing substandard masks.
Sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) of Gunnaur Deependra Yadav said that an FIR was registered against one Vivek Kumar after they raided his shop in Babrala locality and recovered a huge quantity of substandard masks. These masks were being produced to supply in the market.
SDM Yadav said that upon getting the information they raided Kumar’s shop from where they found substandard masks sold at Rs 20-Rs 50. “It was a stationery shop where masks were produced using linen under highly unhygienic environment. We seized as many as 500 ready-to-sell masks, raw materials and three machines. We learnt that these masks were manufactured to supply in other districts. A report in the matter has been sent to the district magistrate,” the SDM said.
The administrative officer said that an FIR under the relevant section of the Essential Commodities Act has been registered against the shopkeeper.