The police on Sunday arrested two travel agents of Jalandhar district for defrauding a youth of R19 lakh on assurance of sending him abroad. Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Surjit Singh Grewal said a special team was constituted under the supervision of an SP-level officer on Saturday to nab the suspects on a tip-off. "They were trying to flee abroad but police nabbed them," said the SSP.
Kashmir Singh, a resident of Puranewala village in Moga district, in a complaint to the SSP had alleged that Sarabjit Kaur, owner of Akal Travel Agency, Jalandhar, and her son Sukhjinder Singh had duped him of R19 lakh on the promise of sending him to Canada.
Assistant sub-inspector at Ajitwal police station, Jaipal Singh said the travel agents had taken passport and other necessary documents from the youth. "Following the complaint, the Moga SSP police had ordered police officials to investigate the matter," he said.
In his complaint, Kashmir Singh had said he had given three installments of R9 lakh to the travel agents in 2012 and paid R10 later, but they failed to arrange visa for him. "When I demanded the passport and money from the travel agents, they refused to return these," he added.
"During the investigation, the police found that the victim had reportedly paid R19 lakh to the main travel agent, Sarabjit Kaur, for going to Canada. The travel agents had also assured Kashmir Singh that they will sit in exam of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at Jalandhar on his behalf," the police official said.
The SSP added that when the police investigated the entire matter, they found the allegations true, following which a case was registered against the suspects.
After a preliminary inquiry into the allegations, the police have registered a case of fraud against Sarabjit Kaur and Sukhjinder Singh under various sections of the Indian Penal Code at Ajitwal police station, the police official said, adding that further investigation is on.