Fake tour operators’ racket busted, 3 arrested

Srinagar: Police Monday said they had smashed a fake tour operators’ racket and arrested three persons who allegedly used to cheat gullible tourists by offering them cheaper packages.
“A fake tour operators’ racket has been busted and three persons arrested here in this connection,” a police spokesman said.
The racket came to light during investigation of a case registered on October 26 last year, he said.
The complaint, on the basis of which the case was registered, alleged some tour operators had cheated tourists by offering them cheaper packages, the spokesman said.
“It came to surface that some unknown persons have established fake tour and travel agencies under the name of Junaid Holidays and Trip to Kashmir and are duping gullible tourists,” he said.
“Some complaints were also received by e-mail from various persons who have been cheated by these fake companies,” the spokesman said.
Umer Shah and Zahoor Ahmad, both residents of Kakawthal village in Baramulla, were arrested from their rented rooms in Jawahar Nagar locality in Srinagar, the spokesman said.
The recoveries made at their behest included a lap top, a receipt book of fake Tour and Travels, fake election cards, cash worth Rs 3.4 lakh, six mobile phones and two cars, he said.
A bank account containing Rs 4.07 lakh was also frozen in Raj Bagh, the spokesman said.
“The accused confessed to their crime. Their questioning led to the arrest of another person, Tahir Ahmed Sheikh, who used to prepare fake election cards in Mustafa Abad locality in Srinagar,” he said.