Kochi: The police have closed down the Vyttila office of Kallada Travels after finding that the agency has been transporting parcels illegally. Kochi range IG has issued a notice to owner Suresh Kallada to present himself before the police.
Kallada travels had come under legal action from transport department and police after a video showing passengers being thrashed by the crew was circulated on social media. Soon, a police complaint was filed. Now, documents have reportedly revealed that the travel agency was operating inter-state services illegally.
Moreover, the police have recovered several parcels from the agency office in Vyttila and are examining them. The office staff were unable to answer to police’s questions regarding the parcels. Primary investigations revealed that the travel agency had been transporting parcels under suspicious circumstances.
Moments before the police reached the Vyttila office of Kallada Travels, the office staff shifted a parcel that had landed at the office to another place. However, Youth Congress activists, who were taking out a protest to the agency office saw this and alerted the police. Following which the police started a probe into the missing parcel.
Maradu CI, who is leading the inspection has directed to close down the agency office. The police have also collected CCTV footages from the office. The police are looking into the parcels and parcel register to understand what exactly was being transported in the buses.
Kallada Travels operates several inter-state services. The complaints against the agency include rough treatment of passengers and excess fare. The passengers who were attacked had also complained of cut throat fares.
Ajay Ghosh, who was attacked said he would go ahead with the complaint. He said that the crew brutally attacked him. Transport commissioner said a detailed investigation was under way. Following the video, several people have taken to social media sharing their complaints and unpleasant experiences against the travel agency.