SRINAGAR: The enforcement wing of tourism police arrested two persons for allegedly running an unregistered Hajj and Umrah travel agency -“Indo Sahab” from the Valley.
Tourist Police Station Srinagar received information that one unregistered travel agency namely Indo Sahab located at New Delhi is allegedly operating in Kashmir valley illegally and giving frequent advertisements in local newspapers in order to cheat innocent people.
“FIR No. 06/2017 U/S 420, 120 B, RPC 2/28-32, 36 (2) tourist trade act was registered by Tourist Police Station Srinagar, and investigation was taken up,” an official handout said.
Police said, “A special investigation team (SIT) was constituted under the supervision of SDPO Sadder Srinagar, and two persons -Dawood Ahmad Azad son of Humayoun Azad resident of Kursoo Rajbagh and Mohd Shabbar Khoja son of Hassan Ali Khoja resident of Dongri Mumbai (proprietor of Al-Huda Travels Mumbai), who were operating in Srinagar on behalf of Indo Sahab Tour and Travel Services were arrested. The duo were working with Indo Sahab Travel Services at first floor, Abu Fazal Enclave, Jamia Nagar, Okhla, New Delhi and were persuading and collecting money from the local Hajj aspirants 2017.”
“During the investigation it also surfaced that the above mentioned accused company has received approximately one crore rupees in their ICICI Bank account and 100 passports from a Kerala based tour operator namely Bharath Hajj and Umrah Services for providing visas for Hajj 2017. During investigation this account was frozen on the orders of the court to safeguard the money deposited by the Hajj aspirants of Kerala through the above named tour operator. it has surfaced that they have not been issued quota for the Hajj 2017 by the Ministry of External Affairs, government of India,” they said.
“Some incriminating documents and passports have been recovered from the accused persons and Rs 3,30,000 were recovered and released in favour of cheated hajj aspirants,” they added.
“The public is advised not to fall prey to these kinds of un-registered, un-authorized Hajj, Umrah tour operators, and before booking any tour, they should first verify the credentials of the company,” police said.