On honeymoon, Germans taken for a ride to Pushkar

It was a honeymoon trip, but the German couple who had travelled to Delhi for the vacation were in for a nightmare.

Kai Trostrum and Shirin, residents of Bonn, were cheated and forced to give up Rs 1.6 lakh by a tour operator and taxi driver, police said on Tuesday.

"Tour operator Jahangir Ahmed Wani and driver Rajinder Singh were apprehended from Gole Market and IGI Airport for allegedly threatening and cheating the German couple," said R A Sanjeev, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Airport).

The Trostrums landed in Delhi on January 5 and hired a pre-paid taxi to go to Paharganj, where they had booked a hotel, police said.

"The couple, who married two years ago, had saved up for their honeymoon trip to India," Sanjeev said.

According to police, the taxi driver misguided them by saying that he could not find the hotel and their rooms could be occupied already as many trains had been cancelled due to fog.

In his complaint, Trostrum said the driver said he knows a person who could help them find accommodation and took them to the tour operator. When the couple met Wani, he gave them details of various tour programmes.

"The couple told him that they wanted to sleep, and only wanted a room. This angered the travel agent and he prepared a tour programme for Rajasthan. He threatened the couple and forcibly took their signatures. Under pressure, they were told to pay Rs 1.16 lakh through their credit card," Sanjeev said.

Wani then arranged a taxi for them to Pushkar, Rajasthan, and took another USD 200 and 25 euros from them, police said.

"They were dropped at a hotel in Pushkar. They were so scared that they returned to Delhi in a bus without telling anyone about their ordeal and approached the German Embassy," Sanjeev said.

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