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Crime Branch charge-sheets two men for duping Hajj aspirants

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Srinagar: The Crime Branch Kashmir on Thursday filed a charge-sheet against two Srinagar residents for allegedly defrauding Hajj aspirants of Rs 8 lakh on the pretext of arranging the pilgrimage.

As per a CBK statement, the charge-sheet in case FIR No: 38/2020 U/S 420, 120-B RPC of P/S CBK was presented before the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar against Shoiab Ashraf Khan, son of Mohammad Ashraf Khan of Gole Market Srinagar, and Ashiq Hussain Mir, son of Mehraj-u-din Mir of Gulab Bagh Zakoora Srinagar, who are the proprietors of A&Y Tour and Travels.

They have been charged with “duping, cheating Hajj aspirants and grabbing an amount of Rs 8 lakhs fraudulently and dishonestly on the pretext of organizing Hajj pilgrimage”.

The statement said that one Nazir Ahmad Dar had approached the CBK alleging that one Shoaib grabbed an amount of Rs 8 lakh on the pretext of organizing Hajj pilgrimage.

An enquiry into the matter revealed that the accused is running tour and travel companies under the name and style ‘EDRAAL Tour & Travels’ and ‘A&Y’ at Nigeen and Kangan respectively for Hajj and Umrah services in partnership with another accused Ashiq Hussain Mir.

“The accused induced the complaint and his associates to credit an amount of Rs 8 lakh for managing Hajj pilgrimage for them. However, after receiving the money, accused persons closed their office and could not be traced by the complainant, despite his incessant efforts,” the CBK said.

A FIR No: 38/2020 U/S 420, 120-B RPC was registered in P/S CBK. The investigation, so conducted established cheating on part of the said accused persons and keeping in view the facts and evidence collected during the investigation offences punishable under section 420 RPC were proved against the accused persons and challan submitted in the court of law, the statement said.

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