Tatkal tickets worth Rs 6.2L seized from touts in raid

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 26 Oct 2018 11:29:27


Staff Reporter,

RAILWAY Protection Force (RPF) Jabalpur under Mission Tatkal raided three different locations namely Dixitpura Narsingh Nagar Ranjhi, Azad Nagar Ranjhi and Subash Nagar Ranjhi on Thursday and seized tickets worth around Rs 6.2 lakh from touts. RPF team was headed by Inspector Veerendra Singh who acting on a tip-off formed a team and conducted raid in Ranjhi area.

According to information, procuring Tatkal tickets for trains during festive season is proving troublesome for people belonging to various sections of the society because touts are active in the business and buy Tatkal tickets as soon as the booking opens. In Jabalpur, there have been several complaints about illegal business of ticket agents who buy train tickets by various means and also through e-ticketing. After the railway administration has tightened noose around PRS staffers now touts have opted to procure Tatkal tickets through e-ticketing.

Following several complaints, RPF took gravity of the complaint of denial of tickets to needy passengers.
Informers were pressed into service accordingly, informers of RPF on Thursday informed about flourishing business of e-tickets at three locations in sub-urban area of Ranjhi under Ranjhi police station.

RPF Jabalpur after being apprised of the information, senior officers including Anil Bhalerao, Divisional Security Commissioner and Assistant Security Commissioner Prashant Yadav were apprised about the details.

Accordingly, a team was constituted headed by Inspector Veerendra Singh along with SI I N Bhaghel, ASI Lokesh Patel, along with Sheetal Singh Chouhan, Sanjeev Khosla, Ramsewak Jhariya, Kranti Prasad Yadav, Shivram Sharma, Amit Singh and lady constables Manju Dewi and Sunita Dewi raided three locations Dixitpura Narsingh Nagar Ranjhi, Azad Nagar Ranjhi and Subash Nagar Ranjhi simultaneously. Raid by RPF team created panic among touts who never expected of RPF raid at their place. Acting promptly cops seized 655 e-tickets against which 40 tickets were valid worth Rs 6,19,965 by virtue of using fake IDs.

Cops apprehended five miscreants identified as Yogesh Prahalad Dhokey (30), a resident of Azad Nagar, Santosh Indal Prasad Sahu (40), a resident from Maharajpur, Rajneesh Mukesh Patel (25) from Nai Basti Subash Nagar, Rajhans Ravishankar Gupta (32) Dixitpura and Sumit Santosh Kumar Shriwas (29) resident from Narsingh Nagar Ranjhi actively involved in sale of trains e-tickets from alleged counters. Five accused have been framed under Section 143 of Railway Act as further investigations are underway.

RPF raid under Mission Tatkal caused panic among other travel agents involved in this illegal business.