Airline ticketing racket busted, five held

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New Delhi, Nov 3 (UNI) The Delhi Police today claimed to have busted a major airline ticketing racket with the arrest of five persons.

The gang had committed a fraud of Rs 50 lakh by buying Airline tickets on the internet by misusing credit card details, a senior police official said.

Acting on a complaint by two private airliners Spicejet and Kingfisher Airlines, the police apprehended two of the accused--Vipin Dahal and Bhuwan Koirala--near Ashok Hotel in Chanakyapuri area yesterday.

During their interrogation, the two revealed the names of their other three associates, Jasbir Singh, Kalendo Ngoy and Darshan singh, who were picked up from their respective residences.

They used to buy the tickets using mostly international credit cards, procured all the way from Nigeria and took cash from unsuspecting customers promising them cheap tickets.

When the airline tried to realise their money from the credit card owners, they found that the cards had been misused. The credit cards preferred by the gang were cards of American Express, Visa, Master cards, SBI, HDFC and ICICI, ABN Amro and the like.

Police said the five have admitted their involvement during the interrogation. Details from Spicejet and Kingfisher Airlines show fraud by this gang worth Rs 28 lakhs and Rs 22 lakhs respectively.

UNI

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