Tour Agent Charged For Duping Hajj Aspirants

Srinagar: The Crime Branch of police on Wednesday produced a chargesheet against a tour operator for duping Hajj aspirants by providing them with fake and invalid passports and grabbing their money.

In a statement issued here, a CBK spokesperson said chargesheet was produced against Hamidullah Mir, proprietor of M/S Kaba Tour and Travels before the
Court of sub-judge Pattan, in a case FIR No. 17 of 2018 U/S 420 RPC filed at the police station crime branch Kashmir.

Giving details of the case, the spokesperson said that Crime Branch Kashmir received a complaint from Ghulam Rasool Khanday of Pattan Bala, stating therein that he and his wife intended to undertake Hajj Pilgrimage and for that purpose he contacted Mir and paid him an amount of Rs 3.80 lacs for arranging visa/ air tickets and accommodation at Harmain Sharief (KSA) and other related facilities for them.

“The accused provided them visa for proceeding to Saudi Arabia for Hajj Pilgrimage and accordingly they proceeded for Pilgrimage on 16.9.2016, but were stopped at Delhi airport and were not allowed to proceed ahead on the ground that their visas are invalid and are not meant for Hajj/Umrah,” the CBK spokesperson said.

“These passports/visas were verified/ confirmed which turned to be fake and false. On this count, case with FIR No: 17/2018 U/s 420 RPC was registered in PS crime branch Kashmir and investigation was set into motion,” he added.

The CBK spokesperson further said that the allegations were established in the course of investigation against the accused and it was also established that the accused had duped other Hajj aspirants hailing from Pattan area.

He further said that the offence under section 420 RPC has been proved against the accused Mir and accordingly the charge sheet was presented before the court.

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