The Delhi Police has arrested three men who allegedly sold fire extinguishers as oxygen cylinders to needy people, officials said on Wednesday.
The accused have been identified as Ravi Sharma (40), Mohammad Abdul (38) and Shambhu Shah (30), all residents of Alipur, they said.
As per the police statement, the matter was brought into our notice on Tuesday after a person named Mukesh Khanna, who runs Radha Vallabh Sewa Sangh NGO which serves free oxygen cylinders to Covid patients, filed a complaint at the Farsh Bazar police station.
Khanna alleged that one oxygen cylinder distributer, Varsha Engineering at Apni Colony, Alipur, had sold him oxygen cylinders at Rs 5,500 per for 4.5 liters.
When he contacted the same distributor again and asked for more cylinders, the distributer demanded Rs 13,000 for per 4.5 liters cylinder, a senior police office said.
Soon after the complaint was filed, a police team reached the location at Alipur where three people were found engaged in painting some gas cylinders in black color, the officer said.
“During enquiry, it was found that distributor Ravi Sharma was removing the original red paint of fire cylinders which were used for filling of CO2 and was converting them into oxygen cylinders by painting them black with the help of Abdul and Shah,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shahdara) R Sathiyasundaram said.
Police seized 532 fire extinguisher iron gas cylinders of different sizes, 26 oxygen gas cylinder nozzles, two electric grinders used to remove the red paint of the cylinders, three silver color spray-paint cans, one black paint box, one paint-brush, one pipe-wrench and Rs 49,500 cash were recovered from their possession, police said. (Press Trust of India)