9 touts detained for illegal sale of train tickets worth Rs 1.39L : The Tribune India
Ludhiana, March 3
In a continuing effort to weed out unauthorized agents and touts of the illegal ticket selling and booking ring across the Firozepur division of the Northern Railway, the Railways Protection Force (RPF) has arrested nine people and collected 104 train tickets worth Rs 1.39 lakh. It was stated by Chief Divisional Commissioner of Security, Rajnish Kumar Tripathi during an online interaction with all RPF commanders in the division today.
Buy tickets from authorized agents: Official
Rajnish Kumar Tripathi, Senior Divisional Commissioner for Security, RPF appealed to rail passengers to purchase their tickets from authorized agents, rail reservation agents or reservation centers and not be not fall prey to unscrupulous elements.
He said that following a surge in passenger flow due to the upcoming Holi festival, the RPF had launched a concerted campaign to combat the threat of black marketing of railway tickets under the leadership of the director of Division of Railways (DRM) Seema Sharma to all major railway stations in the division.
“During single-day raids by specially formed teams, coupled with tip-offs from informants and surveillance of habitual criminals, three people were arrested in Ludhiana and charged under the Railways Act were registered against them No less than 38 tickets worth Rs 36,845 were seized from them by the raiding parties Crime Intelligence Bureau (CIB), Ferozepur caught one person and collected 14 banknotes worth Rs 10,819 from Ludhiana,” Tripathi said.
The official said similar raids were carried out at Jammu Tawi, Pathankot, Kathua and Udhampur railway stations in the division in which five people were arrested and 52 train tickets were seized.
He urged RPF officials to maintain strict vigilance at railway reservation offices and railway reservation centers and do their best to control the activities of touts, unauthorized agents and middlemen. so that passengers cannot be exploited or defrauded by them. He also appealed to travelers to buy their tickets from approved agents, rail reservation agents or reservation centers and not to fall prey to unscrupulous elements.