Eyeing greener pastures, young people fall prey to scams: The Tribune India
Aakanksha N Bhardwaj
Tribune press service
Jalandhar, April 7
Young people in Punjab dream of going abroad, but reports that many of them are being duped by travel agents are becoming common with each passing day.
In addition, young people, it seems, are not ready to learn their lesson and continue to fall prey to such scammers from time to time.
Jaswinder Ram (27) in his police complaint said he gave Rs 2.5 lakh to a travel agent with a promise he would send him to Italy. Jaswinder, who is from an economically weaker family, said he had had extreme difficulty organizing the money. He took loans from various parties, but the travel agent failed to send him overseas.
“My financial situation is in deep trouble. I haven’t received my money either, and I’m not able to repay it to my lenders, who are also harassing me, ”he said.
Behram Police have filed FIR against travel agent under Section 406 (Criminal Breach of Confidence Punishment), 420 (Deception and Dishonest Inducement to Deliver Goods) from IPC and Punjab Travel Professionals (Regulation) Act, 2014.
According to reports, there are around 15 pending cases at Behram police station alone, in which young people have been duped by travel agents.
Police say an FIR has been registered, but no arrests have been made in the case so far. Further investigations, however, are ongoing in these cases.
Stranger dreams shattered, not the first time
- Jaswinder Ram (27) in his complaint to Behram police station said he gave Rs 2.5 lakh to a travel agent with a promise he would send him to Italy. Jaswinder, who is from an economically weaker family, said he had had extreme difficulty organizing the money. He took loans from various parties, but the travel agent failed to send him overseas.
- Gurpreet Singh (22) from Nurmahal dreamed of going to Canada and making a good living for his family. For this he took the IELTS exam several times and finally managed to pass it two years ago. The family called in a travel agent based in Ludhiana, but the latter duped the victim for Rs5.6 lakh. One case has been reported in Nurmahal.
- Likewise, Rajinder Singh (26), a youngster from Bilga, was also duped by a travel agent from Uttar Pradesh, who allegedly took more than Rs3.5 lakh from the victim under the pretext of sending him to Italy. .
- Nawanshahr Police also registered a complaint against officers who allegedly tricked Gurbaksh Kaur (43) and Reena Rani (23) from Garhi Fateh Khan village into sending them to Saudi Arabia instead of Malaysia. The case had made headlines as Reena had also sent a video to her family, in which she was seen crying and asking her brother to take them home or else they would die. Angad Singh, provincial deputy, had written to the Minister of External Affairs (MEA), to intervene in the case and rescue the woman-girl duo