Hajj aspirants demand return of money from tainted company owner

Srinagar: Even after five years since Hajeej tour operator swindled more than Rs 3 crore by duping almost 300 Hajj aspirants, many of them have not yet got their money back.

Scores of these tricked aspirants on Monday protested at Srinagar’s press enclave against the travel company, castigating the government for its failure to exact money from what they called imposter. 

 Back in 2012 the private tour and Travel Company had duped hundreds of gullible Hajj aspirants.

However, the aspirants told CNS that they have not received their hard earned money. “Now the owner of the tainted company has been arrested, we hope our money will be returned,” the protesters said.

Protesting aspirants said that Arsalan Ahmad, Fabiyan and Wahid Gilkar, the owners of the ‘tainted’ company, Al-Hajeej,Tour and Travels failed to provide visas to them despite receiving money and documents in 2011.

The victims said that every single aspirant had deposited a minimum of Rs 1 lakh 20 thousand for the pilgrimage.

“The operator at that time asked us to get ready for the journey and said that in couple of days our visas will get ready too but to our surprise the operator just vanished,” they said.

The aspirants appealed that their hard-earned money be returned and exemplary punishment be meted out to the owner. 

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