Haj aspirants cheated of Rs 4.5 lakh; agent arrested

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Nashik, Dec 27 (UNI) A case of cheating of Haj pilgrimage aspirants has come to light in Malegaon town of the district.

According to police, Hilal Ahmed Naseem Ahmed, owner of Al Hilal Tours and Travels company in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, had taken a sum of Rs 4,48,000 from Ansari Abdul Zakir Aziz (40), a resident of Malegaon, in November 2007 assuring him passports and other arrangements for some Haj aspirants.

Ansari, who arranges Haj tours for people, had collected a sum of Rs 4,48,000 from 11 people in Malegaon, who wanted to go on the Haj pilgrimage.

However, when for a long time he didn't arrange the passports or return the money Ansari realised that he has been cheated and lodged a complaint with Azadnagar police in Malegoan.

Azadnagar police arrested Hilal Ahmed Naseem Ahmed and a case has been registered under sections 420 and 34 of the Indian Penal code (IPC) in the matter.

Police Sub Insepctor A S B Patil is investigating the case and a team of Malegoan police will go to Gujarat for further investigations soon, police said.

UNI

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