Gujarati tourists allegedly harassed by travel agent

IHRCCO comes forward in support
Report by: 
EOI CORRESPONDENT
SILIGURI
17 May 2018

Fifty tourists from Gujarat visiting Sikkim and Darjeeling have alleged cheating by a travel agency in Siliguri and harassed by a private hotel in Sikkim.
Tourists coming from Bharuch of Gujarat comprising 35 female and 15 children including males had to face hard time in the chilled weather of Gangtok on Wednesday night as the hotel authorities have denied permission to stay due to non-payment of hotel bills by the agent in Siliguri.
Tourists alleged that the hotel authorities misbehaved with women and also denied using washrooms and thrown luggages after staying of three days and nights. Tourists then hired private vehicles to reach Siliguri by collecting money from individuals.
Mittal Mistri one of the female tourists said, “This is the worst experience in Sikkim, and we did not face such even in Kashmir. We reached Siliguri on 12th May morning and then travelled to Darjeeling and then reached Gangtok on the same night. On Wednesday night suddenly hotel authorities informed to vacant the hotels saying that they did not receive the remaining amount of 60thousand from Siliguri agent.” According to Mistri they had already made payment of Rs 2 lakhs 95 thousands to Siliguri agent but the agent made on Rs 50thousand to Sikkim hotel.
In Siliguri International Human Rights Crime Control Organisation came forward to support them by providing shelter and food to the tourists.
Bindu Sharma district president of the organisation along with Saya Doly and Sushma Rabha were with the tourists for the whole day. They also helped in admitting one tourist who fell ill due to vomiting and fever.
Ms Sharma said, “We will also help the tourists to get back their remaining money and compensation for harassment from the travel agency in Siliguri.
When tried to contact the hotel authorities in Gangtok and travel agent in Siliguri their phones were found switched off.