SSP Patiala, Vikramjeet Duggal, while tightening the noose against the hoarders and blackmarketing of Oxygen, oxygen related kits etc. said that nobody would be spared if found to be indulged in hoarding and black marketing, in this hour of crisis.
Divulging the details of an FIR lodged against a stockist Jaspinder Singh Bhatia alias Shanky s/o Jasveer Singh, resident of House No. 67, Green Lehal Colony, Patiala, the owner of Shanky Surgical Store, he said that he was selling the Oxygen Cylinder Kit at double of the original price. He said that in this trying time, it was moral responsibility of all to help the society by selling the essential goids related to the treatment of CORONAVIRUS infected persons at genuine prices, instead of making huge peofits. “A flow meter (oxygen kit) and bill book of Rs. 81,000 /- and other documents were recovered from the possession of Shanky Surgical Store on Hospital Road,”he added.
Mr Duggal further said that on 29/04/2021, the Patiala Police had received a tip-off and after informing the civil administration, the investigation was started by SI Sorabh Sabharwal of CIA staff Patiala by calling Drug Inspector Rohit Kalra and Patwari Raj Kumar on the spot and in their presence. A search was conducted by the said team at Shanky Surgical Store, T B Hospital Road, Patiala, during which a total of Rs. 81000 /- including currency number notes of Rs. Rs 3000/- and 01 flow meter ( Oxygen Kit ), stock register and other documents were also recovered. When the drug inspector checked the stock register of shop owner Jaspinder Singh Bhatia alias Shanky, the flow meter (oxygen kit) which was unmarked without number, The details of which were not even recorded in the stock register. He was arrested under FIR No. 176 dated 29/04/2021 U/S 188, 420 IPC, 3 ED Act, 51 NDM Act & 7 EC Act registered at Lahori Gate police station and further investigation was started.
He further said that Jaspinder Singh Bhatia alias Shanky was being questioned as to who else was involved in the business. The investigation has revealed some facts that only 1/2 of the export bill book has been deducted and the rest is empty. Jaspinder Singh Bhatia alias Shanky who brings flow meter (oxygen kit) from Delhi at a lower rate and during this Corona pandemic, sells to the needy at high rates and also fraudulently violates government regulations