In a shocking incident, around 570 tourists from Madhya Pradesh had to block roads and stage protests on Friday night at Last gate area in Guwahati after they were allegedly duped by a travel agent.
According to sources, the tourists had come to Assam under a tourism scheme of the Madhya Pradesh government and were supposed to stay at a guest house in Guwahati which lacked proper facilities and there were only 100 beds for the 570 tourists. They further alleged that the travel agent escaped with their money when they needed him the most.
ATDC Chairman, Jayanta Malla Baruah said, “Something like that has happened but Assam Tourism is not related with it and they had hired some private tour agent from outside Assam for the visit. We are looking into the matter now and if we find any agent from Assam involved in the incident, strict action will be taken against him.”
The incident has shocked many as at a time when Assam Tourism has roped in Bollywood celebrities like Priyanka Chopra for the promotion of Assam and its tourism, more than 500 tourists from outside had to suffer for rogue travel agents in the state.