Stranded pilgrims in Iraq to return
The 32 pilgrims from city who were stranded in Iraq will be returning following the active intervention of Ministry of External Affairs and Indian Embassy in Iraq. With the recent shutdown of KSS Tours & Travels office in city they were left to fend for themselves in Iraq.
Dabeerpura: The 32 pilgrims from city who were stranded in Iraq will be returning following the active intervention of Ministry of External Affairs and Indian Embassy in Iraq. With the recent shutdown of KSS Tours & Travels office in city they were left to fend for themselves in Iraq.
They left for Iraq after the travel agency which organised the trip was shutdown following a police complaint over alleged scam of Rs 300 crores. “The 32 Indian pilgrims remained stranded as they did not have return tickets and their visas got expired. Their passports were withheld by the hotel owner in Najaf as the tour operator failed to pay the dues of the hotel,” informed Syed Ali Jaffery, secretary of Shia Companions Foundation, who had pursued the matter with authorities.
It may be mentioned here that the Umrah and Ziyarat travel consultancy KSS (Karwane Syed us Sajidin) which was operating for about a year across two Telugu states and some other states allegedly cheated more than 2,000 pilgrims going to Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia. Following complaints against travel agencies, the police began investigation into the matter and took some persons into custody.
In Kadapa, Altaf and few others have been arrested and as per the news they are in Kadapa Police Custody. In Hyderabad Hashim was taken into police custody. However, Mohammed Taqi, Ex-counselor and KSS Hyderabad Branch Manager and other suspects (Sami Agha, Shakeel) of Hyderabad office remained absconding.
“Many of the victims belong to poor families, who had given their hard earned money to KSS travels with the hope that they would visit the holy place to perform Umrah and do ziyarath of other holy places. Who is to be blamed for this scam, the chairman of the company or the government officials who gave permission for this kind of agencies ?” asked Jaffery.
Meanwhile on June 1, the South Zone police called all the victims to his office and distributed the passports of the victims. However, several passports still remained missing. And Hyderabad South Zone DCP, V Satyanarayana promised that he would take strict action on the people who were involved in the fraud case.