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2 city firms facing over 100 FIRs figure in list of illegal travel agents issued by MEA



Ludhiana – The notorious travel agent, Nitish Ghai, who has been facing over 100 FIRs of travel and immigration-related fraud is again in the news as two of his firms have been mentioned in the list of illegal travel agents operating in the country, released by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

In the MEA list Punjab has 76 travel agents of which 18 are from Ludhiana. Two of the firms belonged to Ghai against which the Ludhiana Commissionerate registered FIRs last year. The ADCP (Special Staff), Surendra Lamba, confirmed to the Tribune that two firms – Blessing Consultancy, Samrala Chowk and Gulf Group, Ludhiana – figured in the list of illegal travel agents operating in India.

Asked if the city police had given any input to the Union Government about illegal travel agents to be added in the list, Lamba said no such list was sent by the police. It seemed that the MEA prepared the list from its own information.

Some agents in the MEA list not facing FIR

ADCP Lamba said though there were 18 agents of Ludhiana in the MEA list, not all were facing FIRs. “We are doing verification of the listed agents, who are not facing any FIR, but still are in the list. We have not given any inputs to the Centre government for this,” said Lamba.

Ghai faces more than 100 FIRs

In a record of sorts at least 100 FIRs were registered against a travel and immigration agent, Nitish Ghai (30) of Sunder Nagar. He had allegedly duped hundreds of gullible youths, yearning for greener pastures abroad. Nearly 80 per cent of his victims belong to Punjab. The remaining are from Haryana, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. The Ludhiana police have so far filed challan against him in three cases. Process of attaching of his properties worth several crores has also been initiated by the police.

Names mentioned in the MEA list

Paramjeet Singh of SBDS Overseas, Bharat Nagar Chowk, Blessing  Visa Overseas, Feroze Gandhi Market, Lovely Rana, Piyush Gupta and Vikas Gupta of European Overseas, Surya Shopping Arcade, Ghumar Mandi, SN Travel, Suriya Shopping Complex, Dapinderdeep Singh and Manjit Singh, Sillo Kalan village, Harwinderpal, alias Happy, of Payal, Varun Kumar of Madhauk Complex, Star Tour and Travel, Samrala Chowk, Jorawar Singh Johal of Mission Overseas Education Consultant, Jalandhar byepass, Anju Chada of UrTRIP Services, Durga Puri, Shivam Consultancy, near Passport Office, bus stand, Bombay Visa Overseas, Ghumar Mandi, BDS Overseas, near Bharat Nagar Chowk, Blessing Consultancy, Gulf Group, Samrala Chowk, Caan Wings Consultants, Ghumar Mandi, Europian Overseas Pvt Ltd, RM Conslation, Gill Chowk, RM Consultant, Dhyan Singh Complex, near bus stand.

Source : Tribuneindia