Byline By- Vinayak Heliwal
Amid a dire shortage of medical oxygen across the country, 48 oxygen cylinders were seized from a house in Delhi on Friday.
A team of Delhi Police has recovered 32 big and 16 small cylinders of oxygen during a raid at the house in the southwest area of the national capital.
The owner of the house and the accused identified as Anil Kumar (51), who claimed to have the business of industrial oxygen, has been arrested
It was found that the man did not have a license to store or supply oxygen cylinders. According to the police they were patrolling when they received information that the cylinders were kept at a house in Dashrath Puri illegally.
The accused used to sell one small cylinder for Rs 12,500 after transferring oxygen from the big cylinders.
‘A raid was immediately conducted at the given address and a total of 48 cylinders -32 big cylinders with a capacity of 67 liters each and 16 small cylinders of 10 litres were found ‘ said a senior police officer.
The police will now distribute the recovered oxygen cylinders to the needy on Saturday, following a court order allowing the same.
Meanwhile India is struggling to cope up with the demand for oxygen cylinders in the country and is scrambling to move large quantities of medical oxygen by air, by train, and by road to hospitals in parts of the country hit hard by a record surge of Covid-19 cases.
The Defence Ministry on Friday has also informed that 23 oxygen generation plants are being airlifted from Germany as several states have been gasping due to a shortage of medical oxygen amid a massive surge in Coronavirus cases.