The Delhi Police, on Thursday, arrested four men and seized 170 oxygen concentrators and two luxury cars – an Audi and a Mercedes from them. Out of four arrested, two were brothers who were allegedly involved in hoarding and black-marketing of oxygen concentrators. These concentrators are the most important and life-saving equipment in huge demand in Delhi for the treatment of COVID patients.
The arrested people were selling each oxygen concentrator for between Rs 90,000 to Rs. 1.1 lakh. This price is almost double its original retail price. The police said that the total price of the seized concentrators in the market is estimated to be between Rs 85 lakh to Rs 90 lakh.
They further stated that if the alleged racketeers had successfully sold the machine in the black market, they would have earned somewhere between Rs 1.53 crore to Rs 1.87 crore.
According to the Deputy Commissioner of Police of the North district of Delhi, Anto Alphonse, the district police are constantly keeping an eye on such black marketers. They have been keeping track of SOS messages for such items on social media too.