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Oxygen cylinder vendors in Delhi selling oxygen in black by putting ‘not available’ sign on their shops, reveals a Twitter user

The oxygen cylinder vendor said that the warehouse is shut as the cylinders are being sold in black and a ‘not available’ sign has been put on the gate to escape the police

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday slammed the Arvind Kejriwal government for utter mismanagement of oxygen supply to Delhi hospitals and failing to curb black marketing of oxygen.

The black marketeers of essential supplies seem to be flourishing in this pandemic by taking undue advantage of people running helter-skelter trying to save the lives of their loved ones. A Twitter thread that has gone viral on social media exposes the government’s incompetence to curb such activities.

In a shocking incident, a Twitter user by the name Vinayak Tripathi uploaded a thread of his appalling experience with a black marketeer of oxygen cylinders in Delhi. Tripathi in his Tweet mentions that he had contacted a person named Ranveer for an oxygen cylinder to be procured immediately. For the same, he was asked to make a payment of Rs 20,000 in advance and the remaining amount of Rs 15,000 was to be paid after the cylinder was delivered.

Screenshot of the chat with oxygen cylinder supplier Ranveer shared by Tripathi on Twitter

To this Tripathi informed Ranveer that he does not need a home delivery and can come to pick the cylinder from the warehouse. Ranveer in his response said that the warehouse is shut as the cylinders are being sold in black and a ‘not available’ sign has been put on the gate to escape the police. He then pressured Tripathi to transfer the advance amount at the earliest.

On asking for a receipt Ranveer allegedly disconnected the call saying “take the cylinder if you want or we have people lined up for it.”

Screenshot of the address shared by the oxygen cylinder supplier

Ranveer instantly sent a screenshot of bank details which were in the name of one Kirti Singh and informed that he has completed 150 deliveries since yesterday and if Tripathi wants one, he should transfer the amount immediately.

Screenshot of bank details

Distressed by the incident, Tripathi has appealed to the administration and government to take cognizance of the matter and arrest the person named Ranveer under the “Cheating, Epidemic Disease & Essential Commodities Act”.

Delhi Court orders Kejriwal government to act against black marketing

The Delhi High Court has directed the AAP government to initiate a crackdown on black marketing of oxygen cylinders and essential drugs such as Remdesivir, Dexamethasone and Fabiflu.

The court has ordered the state government to take records from all pharmacies on the sale of critical drugs needed for the treatment of Covid-19 and conduct audits to determine if they were being sold on the black market.

The court also instructed the Delhi government to act against oxygen suppliers, refillers or hospitals and nursing homes involved in the illegal trade of oxygen. 

Crackdown on black marketing

In a crackdown on black marketing, Delhi police arrested a 56-year-old man under the “Cheating, Epidemic Disease & Essential Commodities Act” for selling oxymeters, gauge regulators and other essential medical equipment at exorbitant rates.

In Uttar Pradesh, about 44 people have been arrested by the government for black-marketing essential medicines. As many as 877 Remdesivir injections, 340 oxygen cylinders, mobile phones and cash of Rs 9,42,660 have been recovered from them.

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