Hyderabad: The Hyderabad City Police has launched a crackdown on those indulging in illegal sale and hoarding of medical oxygen cylinders. The move comes in the wake of reports of shortage of oxygen cylinders in hospitals for Covid-19 patients.
On Friday night, the Commissioner’s Task Force (West) raided a house at Golconda and seized 24 oxygen cylinders.
“The person was conducting the business without a valid license issued by the Drug Control Authorities and the Controller of Explosives,” said P Radha Kishan Rao, DCP (Task Force), adding that a case was booked against the person at the Golconda police station.
Three days ago, the police caught one person at Gowliguda and seized three oxygen cylinders from him. The case was handed over to the Drug Control authorities for further action.
“Our teams are gathering information about persons who are illegally dealing in sale of oxygen cylinders. It is mandatory to obtain licenses from different agencies for trading and storing medical oxygen. Otherwise we will initiate action,” the DCP said.
Meanwhile, Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar reviewed the supply of oxygen to hospitals in the State on Friday. The government constituted joint teams of officers from Drug Control Administration, Task Force of Hyderabad City Police, Director of Public Health and Deputy Chief Controller of Explosives to conduct inspections.
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