When life gives you lemons, guard them: Thieves steal 60 kg of citrus fruit as prices skyrocket

Published on : 04:06 PM Apr 12, 2022

Manoj Kashyap, the vegetable trader, said the thieves took away 60 kilograms of lemon, 40 kg of onions, and 38 kg of garlic from his godown.

Shahjahanpur (Uttar Pradesh): Anything that is valuable is a thief's delight. And with the prices of lemons skyrocketing, thieves in Shahjahanpur stole 60 kilograms of lemon stored in a vegetable trader's warehouse. The thieves also stole some other high-priced vegetables. Manoj Kashyap, the vegetable trader, said the thieves took away 60 kilograms of lemon, 40 kg of onions, and 38 kg of garlic from his godown.

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The trader from Bahadurganj Mohalla, who has a shop in the Bajaria area, said that on Sunday morning when he reached the vegetable market, he saw that the lock of the warehouse was broken and the vegetables were lying scattered on the road. On receiving information about the theft, in this case, the traders gathered and expressed their displeasure. The police spokesman said that they were apprised of the matter and would track down the thieves at the earliest.

The prices of lemons have shot up to an unimaginable extent in recent weeks. In Lucknow, lemon is selling at Rs 325 per kilogram and Rs 13 per piece which is decidedly higher than other fruits in the market. The twist of lemon in Dal tadka, a sprinkle on tandoori chicken and the tang in salads has gone out due to escalating prices. Lemonade, popularly known as 'shikanji', is no longer served to guests in the scorching heat. Advertisement

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While the high price has forced ordinary people to cut down lemon consumption drastically, many roadside 'dhabas' and takeaway eateries have stopped serving lemons. Lemons are also flying off salad platters in luxury restaurants. President of the Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Association, Girish Oberoi, said, "Small hotels have stopped serving lemon." He said that the sudden escalation in prices was mainly due to a hike in fuel prices and low output.

Also read: Amid pandemic, soaring vegetable prices becomes new worry

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