Silchar: Around 95 Muslims, including 28 from Assam’s Cachar, aspiring to perform Haj in Mecca in Saudi Arabia have alleged that they were cheated by the owners of Kolkata-based Alhabibi Tours and Travels. They claimed that the travel agency owners went absconding with crores of rupees after producing fake tickets.
As per information available, each of the aspirants was asked to pay Rs 4.5 lakh for the pilgrimage. They were supposed to fly to Mecca via Sri Lanka from Kolkata on August 4th, 2019. However, upon reaching the Kolkata airport, the group was informed that their tickets, visas produced by the agency were fake triggering chaos among the pilgrims.
Assam Assembly Deputy Speaker and State Haj Committee vice president, Aminul Haque Laskar rushed to the Kolkata airport to take stock of the situation. Laskar stated that the travel agency does not have a valid registration/license to conduct tour programmes.
A police investigation is underway. Meanwhile, efforts are on to send the stranded pilgrims to the destination.
The Haj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the holiest city for Muslims. It is a mandatory religious duty for Muslims that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime.