Amritsar: Travel agency tricks 40 unemployed drivers out of Rs 16 lakh : The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Amritsar, February 14

Forty unemployed drivers belonging to Amritsar, Tarn Taran and Gurdaspur districts were allegedly duped out of Rs 40,000 each (Total Rs16 lakh) by a travel agent. The amount also includes the medical check-up fee of Rs5,000 (Total Rs2 lakh) for each driver.

The victims alleged that when they checked in at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport on January 5, authorities told them their visas were not valid.

The victims filed their complaint with the police commissioner’s office here on Monday.

Gurdev Singh, a victim, said after seeing a poster promising a nine-month job for drivers in Kuwait, he asked for the same. As a school bus driver, his monthly income was limited to less than 12,000 rupees, Gurdev said. With such a meager salary, it was not possible to support his family, Gurdev added.

A Lok Insaaf party spokesman, Charanjit Singh Bhinder, said Randhawa Consultancy had duped 40 unemployed drivers out of Rs16 lakh. He said that all the victims belonged to economically weaker sections.

Many of them sold their livestock, tempo or other valuables to raise funds to go abroad, he added. He demanded that the accused be arrested immediately and that the amount of the victims be reimbursed.

Willie R. Golden