Senior inspector, Balkrishna Sawant said that the police, while probing those complaints, received information that some people were duping people by offering them fake holiday packages at a hotel. “We sent a team to the hotel in Hinjewadi and took the six suspects into custody,” Sawant further said. Subsequent investigation revealed that the suspects would pose as directors and executives of a tour company and contact people. “They would tell people they won vouchers from the company and told them to come to the hotel,” Sawant said. At the hotel, the suspects would offer their victims the 10-year holiday packages to different tourist destinations. “They told their victims they would have to pay a ‘low price’ of INR 1.5 lakh. One of the complainants told us they compelled him to swipe his card at the spot,” Sawant said.
The police verified the suspects’ claims and found that they were not affiliated to any tour company or upscale hotels. “It was all fake,” Sawant said. He said that the gang was active in the Hinjewadi area for the past one week. “We have found a list of 30 names with them. Our probe is on,” Sawant said. In 2018, a tours and travel operator was arrested for allegedly cheating a group of 35 students of a college on Paud Road to the tune of more than INR 17 lakh by promising them air tickets to England earlier in the year.