Imphal, July 13: Two men proclaiming to be representatives of Travel Terminal, a tour operator based in Bengaluru have approached a school in Imphal claiming that students would be taken for a trip to Kennedy Space Centre in the United States of America. The tour operator claimed to have approached other schools in Imphal too to mobilise students.
Fees of the 12 days tour to United states as mentioned in the brochure is Rupees 2,30,000 (two lakh thirty thousand) departure from Kolkata excluding Imphal Kolkata Imphal fares, hotels for VISA and interviews, Imphal Kolkata Imphal onward and return fare and charges for Indian Passport.
Eligibility as stated in their brochure is for students studying from class V to XII, BA/BSc with the approval of parents.
Manipur has regularly been from time to time rocked by money laundering scandals. Different form of schemes have been used by the swindlers to deceive the hard earned money of the common man in recent few years, crores of rupees have been swindled from the state.
Surprisingly the brochure distributed by an agency organising tour to the United States is just a simple printing on a plain A4 paper with no letterheads and the distributed brochures are photocopied one with hand written website and emails of their parent office – www.travelterminal.biz and an email [email protected] !
On visiting the website the same email – [email protected] was found, travel terminal’s mobile number 9902765188 is a number that does not exist and not working.
Details of the ownership of the domain www.travelterminal.biz is one M Krishna of Lakshmipuram Layout, Bangalore 560097 and on ringing his mobile number 9632042971 submitted at the time of registration of domain, one Younis picked up the call.
It is surprising how the two representatives, Joshua Daniel Rungsung, general manager, Overseas, Terminal Holy Tours private Ltd. and Nunglum Wungkhai, Director, Indo Myanmar Border Mission Printed their names in the brochures that they are MANIPUR CONTACT of Travel Terminal?
They had claimed in their brochure names a list of schools that had a successful trip last year. The list of schools includes 7 schools from Bangalore, 1 from New Delhi and 1 from Mangalore. Bishop Cotton School, listed in the brochures distributed by the duo, on being enquired if any of their students went for USA trip replied positive but to utter surprise, the trip which Bishop cotton school was not through Travel terminal.
If the claims of Travel Terminal were true that they had successfully conducted trips to USA as is in their list in the brochure, where is the trip of 9 schools highlighted in their website? The website, according to domain registrar was last updated on Fri, Dec 18 2015 at 12.04:05pm IST.
In another surprise manner, test was conducted at COMET school to select students for the US trip on 12th of July and school authorities notified parents of the children who succeeded in the test conducted by the duo Josshua Daniel Rungsung and Ninglum Wungkhai to meet them. It is not known how many schools have been approached by the two in Imphal city alone?
The Deputy Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly had further certified that “Travel Terminal” headed by Joshua Daniel Rungsung and Ninglum Wungkhai are known for their relentless works for the betterment of the society dated 11th July 2016 but it is surprising how he endorsed the trip conducted by the duo. Even stating that “Necessary VISA for 10 years to USA will be arranged to each and every participant of this programme by the organiser”? Does the deputy speaker ever know what a task it is to get a VISA to USA and on what basis did he ensure in his certificate that VISA would be arranged to every participant by the organiser?
Isn’t it time we look back and think about the financial losses incurred by the people of the state by the swindlers?
Image Source: www.kennedyspacecenter.com