Travel agent accused of duping Hajj aspirants

Travel agent accused of duping Hajj aspirants
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Srinagar: Some two dozen Hajj aspirants who had booked for the pilgrimage through a Srinagar based private operator have alleged the operator of duping them.
As per pilgrims, they have paid the entire package cost to Behreen Travels Private Limited, but have not been provided tickets and accommodation documents by the operator. The travel operator, however, said the pilgrims had not paid the entire negotiated amount.
Abdul Rashid, one of the aspirant told Kashmir Reader that the operator has been deferring the travel documents since December when he had booked his trip through it. He said, since then he has been telling him, and others to wait, but never returned the documents.
“August 15 is the last day for the trip. We have not received any tickets to Jeddah, and there is no communication from the operator so far despite we trying to give him a call. He neither responds, nor returns them,” he said.
Rashid is one of the 24 aggrieved Hajj aspirants. Some have paid Rs 3 lakh, others more than that. Rashid said the issue has been brought into the notice of police who have swung into action.
Naseer Jan, the owner of the travel agency told Kashmir Reader that he has sent his batch comprising of 65 pilgrims for Hajj this year who he said have paid about Rs 5.5 Lakh each.
“But this group has paid only Rs 3 lakh, which is far less than what is required. We have asked them to pay the dues fully which they did not, though they had promised to do so. I have already got their visas, but it took could not be taken forward. I will now return their pending money,” he said.