Tourist police busted a fake tour operators racket who used to cheat tourists in Srinagar. Three persons running the fake agencies have been arrested, police said on Monday.
Tourist police Srinagar registered a case on October 26, 2013 after it came to surface that some unknown persons have established fake tour and travel agencies in Kashmir under the name of ‘Junaid Holidays’ and ‘Trip to Kashmir’ etc and are duping gullible tourists on their visit to Kashmir. Some complaints were also received by e-mail from various persons who were cheated by these false companies.
During the investigation, police said it was revealed that these persons have launched fake agencies on internet and using websites. “They cheated the people who intend to visit Kashmir by offering them cheaper packages,” police said adding “They used different cell numbers and bank accounts to cheat the tourists.”
Police said that Umer Shah son of Ghulam Mohammad Shah and Zahoor Ahmed Shah son of Abdul Rahim Shah residents of Kakawthal, Baramulla were arrested from their rented rooms at Jawahar Nagar Srinagar.
Tourist police recovered 1 lap top, receipt book of fake Tour & Travels, Fake Election Cards, cash worth Rs. 3,40,000/- Three lacs forty thousand, 6 Mobile phones, 02 cars (One I-10 and a Santro) from their instances, besides froze a Bank account in HDFC Bank Raj Bagh with Rs. 4,07.079/-.
According to police the accused confessed to their crime and led to another person Tahir Ahmed Sheikh who used to prepare fake Election Cards at Mustafa Abad HMT Srinagar for them. Police said that further investigations are in progress.