Police personnel during a raid at Khan Chacha restaurant, in which boxes of oxygen concentrators were recovered, in New Delhi. (Source of image: The Tribune)
Delhi Police said on May 7, that they recovered a total of 105 oxygen concentrators -- 96 from Khan Chacha and 9 from Town Hall. The owner of the restaurant mentioned above is Navneet Kalra, a businessman who also owns Dayal Opticals. Police informed that Kalra was avoiding cooperation and that they tried contacting them, but his cellphone is switched off. Delhi Police tweeted, “With further seizure o105OxygenoConcentratorncentrator from Khan Chacha & Town Hall, 2 upscale restaurants in Khan Mkt, total 524 seized from #blackmarketers Owner Navneet Kalra, also owns Dayal Opticals, is on run. Manager, 3 staffers arrested by #DelhiPolice SouthDist. Further raids on." Atul Kumar Thakur, the deputy commissioner of police (south) informed that notices have been given to the management of all the three restaurants to cooperate with the investigation and to explain the entire hoarding and black-marketing of oxygen concentrators. Also, on May 6, police recovered 419 oxygen concentrators from Nege & Ju (a restaurant owned by Kalra) in Lodhi Colony and private company Matrix Cellular’s godown in Chattarpur. The total retail price value of the recovered 524 concentrators is around ₹1.04 crore, each costing between ₹20,000 and ₹50,000 and is sold for between ₹70,000 and ₹1.25 lakh in the black market. Gaurav Khanna (47), the CEO of Matrix Cellular was arrested in connection with the seizure of oxygen concentrators. He is a resident of Gurugram. Senior police officers are expecting a connection between the restaurant owner and the private company in black-marketing of oxygen concentrators. 4 people identified as Gaurav, Satish Sethi, and Vikrant from Matrix Cellular and Hitesh- manager of Nege & Ju were arrested on Thursday in connection with the raids on Nege & Ju and Matrix cellular. According to the investigation till now, police informed that these people were into the illegal trade of oxygen concentrators since October and sold many such devices. The DCP said, “To portray that the machines were being sold at a fair price, stickers carrying fake maximum retail prices (MRPs) were pasted on them. The concentrators costing about ₹20,000 each were sold for as much as nearly ₹70,000."