Crime Branch books travel agency for cheating

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SRINAGAR: Crime Branch Kashmir received a complaint from Ghulam Rasool Khanday, S/O Ghulam Mohammed Khanday, R/O Pattan Baramulla stating therein that he and his wife intended to undertake Haj-pilgrimage and for the purpose he contacted M/S ‘Kaaba Tour & Travels’ camp office Zangam Pattan and paid an amount of Rs 3.80 lakhs for arranging visa, air ticket, accommodation other Haj related facilities, etc. at Harmain Shareef (KSA).

According to an official handout, the said tour and travel agency provided visa for proceeding to Saudi Arabia and they proceeded for Haj-pilgrimage on 06.09 2016 , but they were stopped at Delhi Airport and were not allowed to proceed on the grounds that their visa was invalid and was not meant for Haj/Umrah purpose. They returned their home dismayed.

“Subsequently, Crime Branch Kashmir initiated a preliminary enquiry under Regt. NO. 38/2017. During the course of enquiry, it transpired that the company under name & style ‘M/S Kaba Tour & Travels’ operated by one Hamidulla Mir, S/O Mohammed Yousuf Mir, R/O Newran Pattan, Baramulla, proprietor is not registered as yet, the suspect has defrauded/cheated many Haj-aspirants on the pretext of arranging Haj/Umrah package for them and has also provided invalid visa to the complainant, his wife and some other Haj aspirants in a fraudulent and dishonest manner,” it read.

Accordingly, Crime Branch Kashmir registered Case under No. 17/2018 U/s 420 RPC against accused Hamidulla Mir, S/O Mohammed Yousuf Mir, R/O Newran Pattan, Baramulla, proprietor M/S ‘Kaba Tour & Travels’ and investigation taken up, it added.