The arrest of a taxi driver and a travel agent from Delhi airport has once again highlighted the age-old problem of touting.
After the implementation of the Delhi Prevention of Touting and Malpractices against Tourist Act in March 2011, the police had started arresting touts. The drive though seems to have had little effect on these touts.
“The fact that it was a registered black-and-yellow taxi is worrying. The incident has raised doubts on the safety of foreigners coming to India,” a senior police officer said.
Police are suspecting that both the taxi driver and travel agent are involved in more such cases. Police said the couple — Kai and Shirin Trostrum — had already booked a hotel in Paharganj. When contacted, the couple refused to talk, saying they are under lot of stress.
“The taxi driver Rajender Singh insisted that they not go to the hotel and took them to Gole Market instead. There, they met Jahangir Ahmed Wani, a travel agent and both extorted money from them,” the officer added.
During interrogation Singh disclosed that he was working for Wani who runs his agency in the name of India Adventure Tour. “Singh used to lure foreigners arriving at T3 of the IGI Airport and took them to Wani’s agency. There, they used to extort money from them in the name of arranging tours,” RA Sanjeev, DCP (airport) said.
Singh had earlier been arrested under preventive section for touting. In 2009, the officers of the anti-touting unit had been found allowing touts to run private vehicles at the airport and taking hefty commission from them.
“Despite the policemen being punished, touts are still active in a few areas. We need to take stricter action against them,” a senior police officer said."