RPF team apprehends tout for black-marketing of e-tickets

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 14 May 2018 11:02:03


Staff Reporter

RAILWAY Protection Force (RPF) successfully caught a big fish involved in black-marketing of e-tickets. The tout was nabbed by RPF on Saturday night at around 10 pm. IG RPF R K Mullik received information about the tout. E-tickets worth over Rs 10 lakh and other records have been seized by RPF. The tout has been identified as Rajesh Kumar Amarnath Sakhuja, owner of Anmol cyber café in Gorakhpur Bazaar area. According to information bulk sale of e-tickets by unidentified person caused serious trouble to passengers booking tickets to desired destinations during summer vacations.

IG Mullik received information about sale of e-tickets being bought from Jabalpur and sent to various stations online and other mode. Accordingly, informers were deployed to get hold of mastermind behind bulk booking and sale of e-tickets. IG Mullik obtained information about one tout actively involved in booking e-tickets from Jabalpur. Accordingly, RPF Post Incharge Virendra Singh was instructed to carry out the strike. On Saturday night, at around10 pm, RPF team after getting concrete evidence raided Anmol cyber café in Gorakhpur Bazaar area. The team was surprised to find heap of e-tickets lying in the cyber café. During search carried out the team seized 738 e-tickets out of which 660 were used, while 78 e-tickets were yet to be used and were to be sold to potential travellers seeking reservation. The e-tickets cost around Rs 10 lakh. Rajesh Kumar Amarnath Sakhuja owner of Anmol cyber café has been put behind the bars and was produced before Railway Magistrate to obtain remand. During investigations, it came to fore that the owner of cyber café used to book e-tickets by using 30 different IDs.

He used to charge Rs 200 per ticket. Besides used to generate general tickets for passengers and used to charge Rs 30. During further interrogation, the accused told RPF that since his personal ID had lapsed he used to generate e-tickets by making fake IDS. The tout had wide network and used to send tickets through Whatsapp, Mail to stations including Katni, Damoh, Bhopal, Delhi, Varanasi, Mumbai, Bangalore and other stations.Inspector General RPF WCR R K Mullik, when contacted, said that following heavy rush during summers it was peak season for the tout. Due to such touts making money buying e-tickets many passengers could not get reservations. Success for RPF has been unprecedented and it is hoped that it will provide some respite to passengers who faced trouble while booking tickets online.