Oxygen racket: More concentrators seized from Khan Market eateries

A day after it seized 419 oxygen concentrators, 32 of these from a restaurant in South Delhi’s Lodhi Colony, and arrested 4 males for allegedly being a part of a racket to promote the machines at inflated charges, the web has widened with the Delhi Police discovering extra concentrators stashed away in two prime eating places, City Corridor and Khan Chacha, each within the Capital’s Khan Market.

What hyperlinks the three eating places is their proprietor, Navneet Kalra, who, police stated, was “absconding”.

DCP (South District) Atul Kumar Thakur stated, “Navneet Kalra’s position is being verified. He’ll quickly be known as to hitch the investigation. At current, his telephone is switched off and he’s absconding. We’re conducting raids.”

Police stated they’re additionally probing the position of Gagan Duggal, proprietor of Matrix Mobile, a agency that offers in SIM and calling playing cards. Police sources stated that whereas it was Duggal who imported the machines, he allegedly contacted his buddy Kalra and requested him to maintain them at his eating places in Lodhi Street and Khan Market. “They imported 650 oxygen concentrators and we’ve recovered 524… We’re wanting into the allegations in opposition to Duggal,” Thakur stated.

On Friday night time, police arrested Matrix Mobile CEO Gourav Khanna from Gurgaon.

On Wednesday, police had raided Nege Ju, a restaurant in Lodhi Colony, and arrested supervisor Hitesh Prakash, apart from three different males – Gaurav Singh, Satish Sethi and Vikrant Singh, all workers of Matrix Mobile. Police had additionally seized 387 concentrators from a warehouse operated by Matrix Mobile in Chhatarpur.

“Hitesh instructed us that his associates saved among the models at City Corridor and Khan Chacha eating places. The district police carried out raids and seized 96 oxygen concentrators from Khan Chacha and 9 from City Corridor,” Thakur stated.

The 4 accused have been booked for dishonest and below sections of the Important Commodities Act and Epidemic Ailments Act. They had been produced earlier than an obligation Justice of the Peace on Thursday and remanded in police custody for a day.

“Throughout questioning, the accused instructed the police that they began importing the concentrators in October final 12 months,” a senior police officer stated.

In February, they imported extra models from China — at an imported value of Rs 16,000-Rs 22,000 for every and promoting at an inflated value of Rs 70,000-Rs 80,000 per concentrator. “All of the machines had been imported within the identify of Matrix Mobile and had been collected from the airport after claiming that they had been being despatched to hospitals,” an officer stated.

DCP Thakur stated, “Their inventory was saved in numerous eating places. The accused used on-line portals reminiscent of Xpect Every little thing to promote these to households of Covid sufferers at Rs 70,000-Rs 80,000 a bit. Additionally they used WhatsApp teams and circulated details about their enterprise.”

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