Tourist police busts fake travel agency, nabs fraudster

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SRINAGAR: Tourism Enforcement Wing of J&K Police has busted a fake travel agency by the name of ‘Al Shama Holidays’.
Taking cognizance of complaints received from several tourists, three cases were registered at Tourist Police Station, Srinagar.
“During investigation, it surfaced that a fake travel agency by the name of ‘Al Shama Holidays’ run by one Umar Shah, @Suraj Sharma, @Amir, son of Ghulam Mohammad Shah, resident of Kakawthal, Barammulla presently at Mustafabad Zainakote and his wife namely Shama Hameed, D/O: Hameed Sayed, resident of Karwar, Karnataka,” an official release read.
“It surfaced during investigation that the accused was not providing any service to the tourists and used to grab money which was deposited in his accounts. The accused Umar Shah was arrested and the office used by the accused couple at Munawarabad Srinagar by the name ‘Al Shama Holidays’ was searched and incriminating documents were seized,” it read.
Investigations have revealed that the modus operandi of the duo was to lure innocent tourist through fake websites, emails, WhatsApp and fake itineraries. The bank accounts which were found in the name of accused Shama Hameed maintained in Union Bank of India, State bank of India, Karnataka and UCO bank were freezed and the websites www.ladakhtourism.com was also blocked during the investigation. The accused was also found involved in previous two criminal cases of cheating and forgery viz. FIR Nos. 02/2013 and 01/2015 under sections 420,467,468 RPC 2/32,36(2) Tourist Trade Act and the chargesheet of both these cases stands filed before the competent court.