Panchkula couple duped of ₹96,000 by Gurugram-based travel agency
Police on Thursday registered a case against the directors of a travel agency following the complaint of a couple who was allegedly cheated of ₹96,000.
The complainant, Nilay Saini, a hotelier from Sector 16, Panchkula, filed a case against the company M/s The Journey Resort Private Limited, Gurgaon, and its six directors.
In his complaint, he said, “The Company has engaged a number of people and representatives for the promotion of their business. They have been deputed at the petrol pumps across different locations in India. These men deputed by the company often try to extract the mobile numbers and addresses of the persons who come to fill up petrol/ diesel in their vehicles.”
Detailing his encounter with one of the company’s representatives, the complainant said, “One of the company’s representatives took my number and we were invited at Sagar Ratna, Sector 9, Panchkula, on February 2, 2018. We were attended by two persons who introduced themselves as a journey executive and branch manager respectively. On their insistence, we bought a five-year journey package and facilities worth ₹96, 000.”
“We were entitled for free accommodation for four nights and five days and an additional gift certificate, which was for two nights and three days stay at a holiday destination listing, which included Dharamshala, Udaipur, Manali, Bhimtal, Switzerland and New Delhi,” the victim added.
He said he and his family could not avail several gift certificates due to prior engagements including their children’s and Covid restrictions, but decided to use the service for his 25th wedding anniversary to book a Corbett Deer View.
“But on 3rd February, 2021, they told us that Corbett Property is sold out and we were asked to shift the booking for another hotel called Lake Inn. Accordingly, we made a request to shift the booking for journey for the property in Bhimtal, but received no response,” he said.
Saini then filed a case alleging fraud. On the basis of this complaint, police registered a case under section 420 (cheating) and 406 (criminal breach of trust) of the Indian Penal Code at the Sector 5 police station.
Travel agent cheats Sector 12 resident of ₹19K
In a separate incident, police registered a case against another travel agent for allegedly cheating Shrey Chopra of Sector 12 on the pretext of securing him travel and lodging bookings for a trip.
The complainant said he came across the accused’s mobile online and approached him for the bookings. He made two separate payments of ₹13,840 for and ₹5,680 online on March 30, but received no reply.
A case under section 420 (cheating) and 406 (criminal breach of trust) of the Indian Penal Code at the Sector 14 police station
In view of the rainy and wildlife breeding seasons, the UT administration has announced closure of the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary for general public for three months. The sanctuary, which is normally accessible from two gates in Kansal and Saketri, will remain closed from July 1 to October 1 and reopen on October 2, according to a notice issued by UT deputy conservator of forests Abdul Qayum.
The UT administration on Thursday appointed two assistant estate officers (AEOs) instead of one as was earlier the practice. A Punjab Civil Services officer, Harjeet Singh Sandhu, who was AEO for several months now, has been designated as AEO-I. A UT official said the move was aimed at clearing the backlog of cases in Estate Office and improve its working. Another PCS officer, Sorabh Kumar Arora will also hold the charge of land acquisition officer, relieving Tejdeep Singh Saini.
The 21-year-old driver of the SUV that claimed the life of a 15-year-old girl near Botanical Garden, Dhanas, on Tuesday, was arrested on Thursday, police said. The accused driver, Surbhi, 21, hails from Baddi, Himachal Pradesh, and is presently staying at Omaxe City, New Chandigarh. According to police, Surbhi is a second-year student of MA at DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh. She was immediately granted bail.
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