Unregistered Hajj-Umrah travel agency: Police produce charge sheet against 5 people
J&K Police (Tourism Enforcement Wing) today produced charge against five people for operating an unregistered and 'illegal' Hajj-Umrah Tour and Travel agency in Kashmir and duping people.
The charge sheet was produced before CJM Srinagar on Wednesday under section, 420, 120 B/28-32, 36 (2) and two accused persons namely Dawood Ahmad Azad R/O Rajbagh Srinagar and Shabbar Ahmad Khoja R/O Dongri Mumbai were produced before the court. However, as per a police spokesperson, three other accused in the case are still absconding.
Providing the details of the case, the police spokesperson said, Tourist Police Station, Srinagar received information in July that one un-approved travel agency namely Indo Sahab located at New Delhi is allegedly operating in Kashmir valley 'illegally' and giving frequent advertisements in order to cheat gullible people.
"On this information case FIR No. 06/2017 U/S 420,120 B, RPC 2/28-32, 36 (2) Tourist Trade Act RW section 2(g) TT Act was registered by Tourist Police Station Srinagar and investigation was taken up," the spokesperson said, adding, "Keeping in view the public importance of the case a Special Investigation Team (SIT) was constituted under the supervision of SDPO, Sadder, Srinagar and two persons were arrested namely 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."
The duo, according to police were working with Indo Sahab, First floor Abu Fazal Enclave Jamia Nagar Okhla New Delhi and were persuading and motivating the local Hajj aspirants regarding the HAJJ 2017 and were collecting money from the Hajj aspirants.
The spokesperson said during the investigation it also surfaced that the above mentioned accused company has received approximately Rs 1 crore in their ICICI Bank account and 100 passports from a Kerala based tour operator namely Bharath Haj & Umrah Services for providing visas for Hajj 2017.
The account was later frozen on the orders of the Court to safeguard the money deposited by the Hajj aspirants of Kerala through the above named tour operator, he added.
It has also surfaced that the travel agency has not been issued quota for the Hajj 2017 by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. "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," he said.