Police busts fake travel agency, nabs fraudster

Srinagar: The Tourism Enforcement Wing of Jammu and Kashmir  Police on Wednesday busted a fake Travel Agency by the name of “Al Shama Holidays”.

In  a statement issued here police said that in its investigation it found that a fake Travel Agency by the name of “Al Shama Holidays” being run by one Umar Shah son of Ghulam Mohamad Shah resident of Kakawthal Baramula presently at Mustafabad Zainakote was not providing any service to the tourists and used to grab the money which was deposited in his accounts.

It added that investigations  revealed that  Shah  married Shama Hameed  and both of them  used to  lure the ‘innocent’ tourists through fake websites, emails, Whatsapp and fake itineraries.

Police stated that the bank accounts which were found in the name of accused Shama Hameed maintained in Union Bank of India, State bank of India Karnataka and UCO bank were freezed and the website www.ladakhtourism .com was also blocked during the investigation.

Shah was arrested on 07.05.2015  and police seized the documents from the said  office

Taking cognizance of complaints received from several tourists, three cases were registered at tourist police station Srinagar.

The statement said that Shah  was also found involved in previous two criminal cases of cheating and forgery viz FIR no’s 02/2013 and 01/2015 under sections 420,467,468 RPC 2/32,36(2) tourist trade act and the charge sheet of both these cases stands filed before the competent court.


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