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 online has widened with the Delhi Police discovering extra concentrators stashed away in two high 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 mentioned, was “absconding”.
DCP (South District) Atul Kumar Thakur mentioned, “Navneet Kalra’s position is being verified. He’ll quickly be referred to as to hitch the investigation. At current, his telephone is switched off and he’s absconding. We’re conducting raids.”
Police mentioned 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 mentioned 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 Highway and Khan Market. “They imported 650 oxygen concentrators and we have now recovered 524… We’re trying into the allegations towards Duggal,” Thakur mentioned.
On Friday evening, 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, moreover three different males – Gaurav Singh, Satish Sethi and Vikrant Singh, all staff of Matrix Mobile. Police had additionally seized 387 concentrators from a warehouse operated by Matrix Mobile in Chhatarpur.
“Hitesh advised us that his associates saved a number of the models at City Corridor and Khan Chacha eating places. The district police performed raids and seized 96 oxygen concentrators from Khan Chacha and 9 from City Corridor,” Thakur mentioned.
The 4 accused have been booked for dishonest and beneath 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 advised the police that they began importing the concentrators in October final 12 months,” a senior police officer mentioned.
In February, they imported extra models from China — at an imported price of Rs 16,000-Rs 22,000 for every and promoting at an inflated price of Rs 70,000-Rs 80,000 per concentrator. “All of the machines had been imported within the title of Matrix Mobile and had been collected from the airport after claiming that they had been being despatched to hospitals,” an officer mentioned.
DCP Thakur mentioned, “Their inventory was saved in several eating places. The accused used on-line portals reminiscent of Xpect All the pieces to promote these to households of Covid sufferers at Rs 70,000-Rs 80,000 a bit. In addition they used WhatsApp teams and circulated details about their enterprise.”