The day after that 419 oxygen concentrators were seized, 32 of them were from a restaurant in Lodhi Colony in South Delhi and arrested four men for allegedly engaging in racketeering to sell cars at inflated prices, the network expanded as Delhi police discovered more hubs hidden in two of the best restaurants in the city. Hall and Khan Chacha, both at the Khan market in the capital.
What the three restaurants have in common is their owner Navnit Kalra, who police said was “in hiding.”
DCP (Southern District) Atul Kumar Thakur said, “The role of Navnit Kalra is being tested. Soon he will be called to participate in the investigation. Currently, his phone is off and he is hiding. We are conducting raids. “
Police said they are also investigating the role of Gagan Duggal, owner of Matrix Cellular, a SIM and calling card firm. Police sources said that although the cars were imported by Duggal, he allegedly contacted his friend Kalra and asked them to leave them at his restaurants on Lodhi Road and Khan Market. “They imported 650 oxygen concentrators and we rebuilt 524 … We are looking into the charges against Duggal,” Thakur said.
On Friday night, police arrested Matrix Cellular CEO Guraw Khanna from Gurgaon.
On Wednesday, police raided Nege Ju, a restaurant in the Lodhi colony, and the arrested manager Hitesh Prakash, in addition to three other men – Gaurav Singh, Satish Sethi and Vikrant Singh, are all Matrix Cellular employees. Police also seized 387 concentrators from the Matrix Cellular warehouse in Chhatarpur.
“Khitesh told us that his comrades-in-arms keep some of the units in the restaurants“ Ratusha ”and“ Khan Chacha ”. District police raided and seized 96 oxygen concentrators from Khan Chachi and nine from the town hall, ”Thakur said.
Four of the defendants were prosecuted for fraud under articles of the Essentials Act and the Epidemic Diseases Act. They were taken to the duty magistrate on Thursday and held in custody for 24 hours.
“During interrogation, the defendants told police that they started importing the concentrators in October last year,” said a senior police officer.
In February, they imported more units from China – at prices ranging from Rs 16,000 to Rs 22,000 each and overpriced Rs 70,000 to Rs 80,000 per hub. “All the cars were imported under the Matrix Cellular name and were assembled at the airport after they said they were sent to hospitals,” said one of the officers.
DCP Thakur said: “Their stock was kept in different restaurants. The defendants used online portals such as Xpect Everything to sell them to families of coronavirus patients at prices ranging from Rs 70,000 to 80,000 apiece. They also used WhatsApp groups and spread the word about their business. “