A special team formed by the SDM Sadar conducted an inspection in vegetable markets and commodity shops of Maharajganj Bazar on Sunday to check whether there was artificial hike of vegetable prices in the city. Officials spoke to buyers and sellers to ascertain whether vegetables were being sold at prices listed. In many cases, they found that the sellers had raised vegetable prices exorbitantly – well above the wholesale prices – which led to the recent steep rise in vegetable prices. Officials warned the sellers that action will be taken against them if they are found to continue selling vegetables at such steep prices. Prices of vegetables and essential commodities have been on a steep rise during last two and half month.