Hyderabad police arrest travel agency owner and 6 others for robbing migrant workers

ByRochelle W. Stone

Feb 3, 2022

Saifabad Police on Sunday arrested a gang of seven in Hyderabad for robbing and looting migrant workers. Five mobile phones and two auto-rickshaws were recovered from the arrested defendants, one of whom is the owner of a private travel agency.

The seven defendants have been identified as Mohammed Sohail, Mohd Moin, Syed Nadeem, Shaik Jafar, Sohail Khan, Shaik Mohsin and Mohammed Haji Pasha. According to reports, Mohd Haji Pasha is the owner of the Salam Namaste travel agency and employed Mohammad Sohail as the travel agency manager and Sayed Nadeem as the office boy. The other four were auto-rickshaw drivers.

The case came to light when Mundar, who is from Madhya Pradesh, filed a formal complaint at Saifabad police station for assault and theft. On January 28, Mundar and other migrant workers boarded a private bus from Singrauli to Karimnagar.

On January 30, they mistakenly got off the bus at Tank Bund thinking they had reached their destination. Two of the accused rickshaw drivers then approached them and took them to the Salam Namaste travel office. The workers were assured by motorists that they could get bus tickets to Karimanagar at the Salam Namaste office.

DCP (Central) P Vishwa Prasad said the car drivers demanded high fares from the workers and robbed them for Rs 5000 and mobile phones after they refused to pay the amount. “The motorists and five other people assaulted the workers and snatched their phones,” it was quoted as saying.

Saifabad police arrested Mohd Haji Pasha, the owner of Salam Namaste travel agency, his employees and motorists after analyzing CCTV footage. The team also recovered stolen property of Rs 5,000 and four mobile phones. The defendants were charged under sections 365, 395, 384, 420 r/w 109 of the Indian Penal Code.