Selling air tickets on exorbitant rates Crime Branch conducts raids in Srinagar

Srinagar: The Crime Branch Kashmir today carried out searches at a number of locations across Srinagar city in connection with alleged sale of air tickets on exorbitant rates by travel agents and various airlines operating in Srinagar 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 told KNT that the Crime Branch Kashmir had received a 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 Kashmir had summoned representatives of various airlines viz, Vistara, Go Air, Indigo, Air India, Air Asia and Spice-jet U/S 160 CrPC along with relevant records.

The investigation has revealed that large number of tickets have been purchased by some agents through various airlines in violation of the standing norms and procedure.

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. (KNT)