Acting on a tip-off, Faridabad police have arrested one Congress leader named Bijender Mavi for his alleged involvement in black marketing of oxygen cylinders. A case was registered against the Congress leader under various sections including the Disaster Management Act after police found 50 oxygen cylinders from his house in Indra Complex Coliny, Faridabad, Haryana.
Black Marketing of Oxygen Cylinders
Police informed that the accused had hidden the oxygen cylinders in his cars. According to reports, Khedipul police were petroling on Tigaon Road, Faridabad, when their informer tipped them off about the Congress leader’s involvement in black marketing of oxygen cylinders. Based on the information provided, police conducted a raid. Drug Control Officer Sandeep Gahlan was also present there.
On checking the Congress leader’s vehicle, 42 empty and 8 filled cylinders were found. The police asked Mavi to produce the licence and required permits for the oxygen cylinders. When the accused could not produce valid documents, police took him into their custody and seized the oxygen cylinders.
Empty Cylinders Sells in Black
The accused confessed that when he supplies cylinders to the hospitals, he secretly takes out some gas from each cylinder and refill it in empty cylinders which he then sells in black. Owing to the shortage of oxygen supplies amid Covid-19 surge, the Congress leader started to supply the cylinders in private hospitals on his own.
Black Marketing of Oxygen Concentrators and Medical Equipment
He procured these cylinders from various dealers in Faridabad and supplied them to private hospitals. Recently, several cases of black marketing of oxygen concentrators and medical equipment have come to the fore. Owing to this, mostly all states have in the last few days, stepped up actions against illegal hoarding of oxygen cylinders and its black marketing.