The state government though rubbished the rumours, claiming large stocks of salt were available.

People in Siliguri, Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri since on Thursday night rushed to markets to buy common salt, while traders sold it at Rs 100-150 a kg.

North Bengal Development Minister Gautam Deb rubbished the reports of scarcity of salt and said a government notification has been issued in this regard.

"Some quarters are deliberately spreading this rumours which has lead to the rise in the price of salt astronomically. But we want to assure everybody that there are large stocks of salt available in the state," Deb said.

Deb also said the administration has been asked to take strict action against those spreading the rumours.

State Agricultural Marketing Minister Arup Roy also assured there was no scarcity of salt.

(Agencies)

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