Railway E-Ticketing Service: Massive Fraud Surfaces, 20 Arrested

Bhubaneswar: As part of the nationwide crackdown under ‘Operation Thunder’ against illegal e-ticketing and touting activities, the Railway Protection Force (RPF), East Coast Railway (ECoR), conducted surprise raids at more than 20 places in Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh and arrested 20 illegal e-ticketing agents and touts.

The RPF has arrested the 20 persons under section 143 of Railway Act, read a release issued by ECoR’s RPF on Sunday.

The RPF personnel also seized around 371 live railway e-tickets worth Rs 15,21,670 during the raids on Saturday. Besides, incriminating materials including liquid cash, modems, computers and other accessories valued at Rs 7.37 lakh were also seized. As many as 122 personal IDs of several persons involved in the business were also detected during the simultaneous raids.

The raids were conducted in Bhubaneswar, Rayagada, Sambalpur, Bolangir, Titlagarh, Rairakhol and Puri in Odisha, Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram in Andhra Pradesh and Jagdalpur in Chhattisgarh under the command of IG and Principal Chief Secretary Commissioner of RPF, Raja Ram, added the release.

A total of 20 cases have been reportedly registered against those illegal e-ticketing agents and touts.