Main accused in Kashmir Haj travel scandal arrested

Srinagar, May 6 (IANS) The kingpin of the multi-crore Haj and Umrah travel scandal in Jammu and Kashmir in 2011 has been arrested from New Delhi from where he was trying to flee abroad and brought back here on Friday, police said.

“In a major breakthrough in Al Hajeej cheating case Srinagar police arrested the main accused at Delhi. Fabiyan Wahid Gilkar was wanted in FIR number 58/2011 and 88/2012 registered in connection with cheating on pretext of providing private Haj and Umrah services by Al Hajeej Tour and Travels,” a police spokesman said here.

The multi-crore scandal had rocked Kashmir in 2011 when hundreds of pilgrims were duped by the company that took money from them for arranging Haj and Umrah services for them.

The spokesman said that these two cases were registered in Khanyar police station against the travel company by residents of Chandpora Harwan, while nine more cases were registered in different police stations of Srinagar against the company on the same allegations.

The cases had come before a court, but the accused of these cases were at large and were not attending upon which warrants were issued against them, and a ‘look-out’ notice also issued by the court, he said.

However, police station Khanyar got information that Gilkar was trying to flee to Dubai and a police party deputed to Delhi to arrest the accused.

“After arresting him, he was brought Srinagar on Friday,” the spokesman said.

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