All of a sudden, people across the started buyins salt on Thursday. A section of businessmen picked up the first buck and started selling the essential commodity @ 200 per kg. Some others stocked salts to claim more rate. Within a few hours salt vanished from the shops and markets in Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Sivasagar and Jorhat. The panic buying started acting on a rumour that Gujrat has stopped supplying salts to Assam. A television news channel aired the story of how salts are available for Rs 200 per kg. But the story was withdrawn later. The government called it a rumour and asked the people not be panic further.