Complaint filed against fraudsters for offering fake helicopter tickets to Vaishno Devi pilgrims


JAMMU: Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) has lodged separate complaints with Crime and Cyber Crime branches of Jammu & Kashmir Police against fraudulent elements illegally offering helicopter tickets to intending pilgrims to famous shrine atop Trikuta hills in Reasi district, an official said on Wednesday. The SMVDSB advised all pilgrims to use only its official website for booking services such as helicopter tickets and not to fall prey to the fraudulent advertisements issued by unauthorised websites offering confirmed helicopter tickets and sale of ‘Prasad’.
The official said Chief Executive Officer, SMVDSB, Ramesh Kumar on Wednesday reviewed helicopter operations for the pilgrimage and during the deliberations, it came to fore that some unscrupulous elements are selling fraudulent or fake tickets to pilgrims. These unscrupulous elements are illegally offering helicopter tickets from Katra-Sanjichhat-Katra through their websites/ travel portals/ travel agencies, the official said.
Taking a serious note of false, frivolous and unlawful chopper bookings, the Chief Executive Officer informed that the matter regarding fleecing of pilgrims by these fraudulent elements has already been taken up with Crime Branch and Cyber Crime branch of J-K Police, he said.
Kumar has appealed to the pilgrims that sale of helicopter tickets for pilgrims traveling from Katra to Sanjichhat and back is sole prerogative of the SMVDSB and it has not authorised any agent, agency or person to use Board’s name to sell or undertake online bookings for any services. All the online services offered by Shrine Board are offered through the Official Website of Shrine Board: ‘’ and Mata Vaishno Devi App only, the officer said, adding that any misrepresentation of the Board by any person or agency whatsoever shall be dealt strictly.