Guwahati, May 7: Famous for its ‘melt-in-the-mouth kebab’, popular food joint Khan Chacha in New Delhi’s Khan Market has become a hub of back marketing of oxygen concentrators.
The Delhi Police on Friday raided two popular food joints in the city's iconic Khan Market and recovered over 100 oxygen concentrators, used for treatment of Covid patients.
Police said 96 oxygen concentrators were recovered from Khan Chacha Restaurant and nine were seized from Town Hall restaurant, a specialist in pan Asian cuisine. These concentrators were being sold in the black market.
Both outlets are linked to Navneet Kalra, the alleged black marketer of oxygen concentrators in Delhi.
In South Delhi alone police have seized 524 oxygen concentrators
Mr Kalra and his men used to import concentrators from abroad, mainly from China. "Original price of each concentrator is between ₹ 16,000-22,000. But they were selling it anywhere from 50,000-70,000.
Earlier last month, the Centre permitted import of oxygen concentrators for personal use till July 31, through post, courier or e-commerce portals under gift category, amid surge in COVID-19 cases in the country.
An oxygen concentrator is a medical device that concentrates oxygen from ambient air. It is in high demand due to increasing COVID-19 cases in the country. These concentrators capture and filter the air, unlike oxygen cylinders which can only store a fixed amount of oxygen.