Delhi Police to raid unauthorised tour operators

Thursday, Aug 25, 2016,12:50 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | To check incidents of cheating of foreign tourists by unauthorised tour operators, Delhi Police will raid the offices of such operators and also set up police booths at bus stands, airports and railway stations.

The decision in this regard was taken following a meeting with Union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma and Special Commissioner Mukesh Meena here after reports of two foreigners being cheated thousands of rupees by a tour operator.

As part of measures to curb such incidents, police booths would also be set up at railway stations, airports, and bus stands within next 15 days across the national capital.

“Delhi Police will raid the offices of unauthorised Incredible India and India Tourism offices in the city next week. Tourism Ministry will provide a list of authorised offices to the police soon,” a source said.

The move comes in the backdrop of various cases of cheating foreign tourists, the latest one being the case of German Nina Farina Muckel and her Spanish friend Alex Riverola.

They were duped with thousands of rupees by a travel agent in central Delhi who booking them a trip to Jaipur, Agra and Varanasi – at an exorbitant price, claiming that the national capital was under curfew and unsafe for travel.

Delhi Police also allegedly refused to file a complain citing jurisdictional issue when the victims approached them.

Sharma, while talking to reporters after the meeting, said it was called in the backdrop of various cases of cheating of tourists coming to fore.

Assuring strict action against the touts in case of such incidents, he said the tourists could also forward their complaint to the Ministry through the social networking sites, besides calling tollfree helpline number.

He also said an updated ‘welcome kit’, with a SIM card would be handed over to foreign tourists on their arrival so that they can make a call when in distress.

Speaking about the recent incident of cheating and the reported laxity on part of police to register a case, Meena said an enquiry would be initiated into the incident and action would be taken in case anyone is found guilty.