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Travel agency dupes job seekers

india Updated: Jan 29, 2007 01:00 IST

SOUTH TUKOGANJ police took two employees of a travel agency into custody after several people complained of being duped of thousands of rupees, which they had given as advance for work permits and visa. However, no case had been registered at the time of filing this report.

According to reports, Carways Tours and Travels, which has its head office in Indore and another office in Noida, had given advertisements in national Hindi dailies for job openings in Oman, Singapore and Dubai. The company took advance ranging from Rs 20,000 to Rs 50,000 for making visa and booking airline tickets.

Applicants hailing from different states including Rajasthan, Haryana, and UP were asked to come to the City on January 28 to collect the visas and work permits from the head office located at Starlit Towers, Yeshwant Niwas Road.

However, when they reached the office on Sunday, the employees present there told them that their visas were not ready and were being sourced through another travel agency, International Travels. Infuriated over this, the applicants tried to contact director Syed Ali, but he could not be traced.

A group then reached South Tukoganj police station and urged the station in charge to register a case against the travel agency and arrest the culprits. Following the complaint, a police team brought two employees Deepak Upadhyaya and Sunita to the station for questioning.

One of the complainants, Tomlal Bushal, told Hindustan Times that he had been promised a work permit for Singapore as a kitchen helper in a hotel with a monthly salary of 800 US dollars.

“I had paid Rs 28,000 for a work permit and was told to come here on January 28 to collect my permit,” he said adding, “but after coming here I got to know that director was missing and the employees present here did not have any information.” South Tukoganj station in charge K S Sahu could not be contacted for comment.