Fake tour operators racket busted in Srinagar, three arrested

Tourism racket busted in SrinagarJammu and Kashmir police have arrested three people in Srinagar city for operating a fake tour and travel agency that is accused of cheating many tourists.

According to an official statement, tourism police registered a complaint in this regard in October last following apprehensions of such racket. Police also claim to have received complaints over email from some people who were cheated by these fake companies.

The investigations revealed that the accused ran these fake agencies over internet. They are accused of cheating people who intended to visit Kashmir by offering them cheap travel packages. The accused used several mobile numbers and bank accounts to cheat the tourists.

Police revealed the identity of these fake agencies as Junaid Holidays and Trip to Kashmir. However, there are apprehensions that some more names might have been used by them.

The two main accused were arrested from their rented apartment in Jawahar Nagar area of Srinagar city. Their arrest led to the arrest of another person, who used to create fake elections cards for the gang. Accused who were arrested in from their apartment include Umer Shah son of Ghulam Mohammad Shah, Zahoor Ahmed Shah son of Abdul Rahim Shah, both residents of Kakawthal, Baramulla. The third accused was identified as Tahir Ahmed Sheikh.

From their possession, police recovered 1 laptop computer, receipt book of their fake agencies, fake election cards, 6 mobile phones, 2 cars, and cash worth Rs 3,40,000. Police also seized their bank account at Rajbagh branch of HDFC Bank.

A police official said that further investigations in the case were on.