Tamil Nadu

Agents arrested for illegal booking, sale of train tickets

Katpadi RPF personnel and Vigilance Team with the detained travel agents.

Katpadi RPF personnel and Vigilance Team with the detained travel agents.   | Photo Credit: The Hindu

Multiple online identities created to procure tickets and sell them at a premium

Two persons belonging to two different travel agencies were arrested by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) from different parts of the town for procuring and supplying e-tickets by creating several identities on the IRCTC portal.

According to P. Muthupandi, RPF Inspector, Katpadi, raids were conducted over the last two days to apprehend agents who procured and sold tickets after creating multiple online identities.

The Railway Protection Force had launched ‘Operation Thunder’ to check touting by travel agents by creating fake accounts in the IRCTC portal. “Such e-tickets were sold at a premium with ₹500 to ₹1,000 extra per ticket,” he added.

Several medical patients, along with their relatives, travel to Vellore from northern states for treatment in premium hospitals.

During summer holidays, a large number of passengers travel by trains, thereby increasing the demand for reserved accommodation on trains.

The touting agents cash in on this demand.

“The accused ran a racket of unauthorised blocking of train tickets for the past several months and created many identities on the IRCTC portal. As agents, they cannot create personal identities and sell tickets, since it will result in loss of licencing fees to the railways,” an investigating official said.

“We raided two travel agencies on Vellore-Arcot Road, and e-tickets valued at ₹5 lakh and ₹4.3 lakh were seized from them,” Mr. Muthupandi said. The two arrested were identified as Tapankumar Dutta, owner of a travel agency, and Raju Dev an employee of a second agency. The owner of the second agency, Jayakumar, and an employee, Harishankar Janda, are yet to be arrested.

A team comprising R. Chandrasekar, Vigilance Inspector, R. Gunasekar, Sub-Inspector, along with ASIs Gajapathy and Ramesh completed the search and investigation operations.

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