Crime Branch conducts raids in Srinagar for sale of air tickets on exorbitant rates

at 8:10 pm
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Neyaz Elahi

Srinagar (NVI): The Crime Branch in Kashmir today carried out searches at a number of locations across Srinagar in connection with alleged sale of air tickets on exorbitant rates by travel agents and various airlines operating in the sector.

In this regard, searches were conducted in the offices of 9 travel agents and the residential premises of a sales manager of one of the airlines.

An official said that the Crime Branch had received complaint from different travel associations and trade bodies through Director Tourism, Kashmir regarding dry selling/offline selling of bulk tickets by airlines staff to the ticketing agents in advance in violation of the standing norms and procedure.

The complaint further alleged that travel agents in league with airlines staff are creating artificial inflation of prices.

During the investigation, the Crime Branch had summoned representatives of various airlines viz, Vistara, Go Air, Indigo, Air India, Air Asia and Spice-jet under section 160 of CrPC along with relevant records.

Accordingly, searches as mandated under law, were conducted today across the city and important documents pertaining to the case investigation have been seized from various travel agents.

Further investigation in the case is being conducted as per procedure.

-CHK