The Ludhiana Police booked 184 fraud travel agents in 83 cases on Friday. The raids were conducted at the offices of several agents and police found that many did not even have a valid license to operate.
As part of a special drive started on the New Year, the police formed 45 teams to work on the complaints against those who cheated people on the pretext of sending them abroad.
The police chief confirmed that cases had been registered against 184 fraud travel agents on Friday.
The cases have been registered under Section 420 (cheating) and Section 24 of the Immigration Act against the accused. Police had initiated similar drives at the beginning of 2019 and 2020 as well.
“On Friday, 184 fraud travel agents were booked in 83 cases. Many of these agents don’t even have the licence to work as immigration officers. We request residents to first check the authenticity of travel agents and then give them money. There is a list of authorized travel agents on the website of the ministry of external affairs. People should check it and approach the genuine agents to avoid any kind of loss,” said Police Commissioner Rakesh Agarwal.
Division 5 police have registered maximum cases (14) against 35 fraud travel agents. Division 8 cops have lodged 10 FIRs against 31 accused. Model Town police have filed 11 FIRs against 19 fraudsters.
Dehlon police have registered eight cases against 14 fraud travel agents, Dugri police have lodged three FIRs against five, Sadar police lodged two FIRs against two accused, Sahnewal police filed a case against two, Shimlapuri police have registered three cases against six fraudsters, Division 6 cops have filed six FIRs against eight accused.
Sarabha Nagar as well as Haibowal police have registered one case each against three and one accused, respectively. PAU police have booked one such travel agent.
Koomkalan, Moti Nagar, Tibba Road and Meharban police each have registered two cases against four accused.
Salem Tabri police registered one case against five accused, Jodhewal cops lodged one case against an accused, Division 1 police registered four cases against 13, Division 2 cops filed four FIRs against eight, Division 3 police lodged one FIR against three.
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