Jeddah, Jul 6: Umrah fraud continues to increase among Muslims in India as some of tour operators have been cheating pilgrims and leaving them in lurch in Saudi Arabia, according Indian Ambassador in Saudi Arabia.
Eighty two people hailing from Karnataka have been stranded in Madinah for last few days as their tour operator cheated and abandoned them, said Ausaf Sayeed, Indian Ambassador.
Speaking to the media here on Saturday, top diplomat said that Indian consulate has reached the stranded pilgrims and making efforts to repatriate them back home.
He said that Indian diplomatic mission notified the matter to police in Karnataka and asked to initiate action against the tour operator.
Ambassador said that Indian diplomatic missions receiving complaints from pilgrims who were left in lurch and stranded as some of tour operators cancelling their return tickets from Saudi Arabia and pilgrims left stranded airports in Jeddah and Madinah.
Ausaf Sayeed said that earlier also police in Kerala, Telangana was notified by Indian mission in Jeddah for such fraud cases and asked states to initiate criminal punitive actions against such fraudulent tour operators. (UNI)