IRCTC agent involved in black-marketing of train tickets busted

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Aug 2018 10:06:17


Staff Reporter,

Yet another agent of Indian Railway Tourism and Catering Corporation (IRCTC) was busted by Railway Protection Force (RPF) for indulging in black marketing of train travel tickets. The joint teams of Nagpur Divisions of RPF of South East Central Railway and Central Railway raided two establishments of the agent, identified Chandra Jain, on Wednesday. RPF units of both divisions have joined hands to crackdown on such malpractices going under grab of authorised agents in their respective jurisdiction.

In the latest action, RPF team seized computers, printers and monitors and also found over 80 tickets taken out on fake id that is prohibited as per current regulations, said Jyotikumar Satija, Sr. Divisional Commandant, RPF, Central Railway, Nagpur Division. He along with his SECR counterpart, Ashutosh Pandey addressed a press conference on Thursday at RPF Nagpur Post at Nagpur Railway Station. The value of seized goods is pegged at Rs. 2.50 lakhs.

Pandey said the one thing that pins down these IRCTC agents is that they books tickets on mass scale from single IP address which is something illegal. In this case, Jain had two establishment, one at Satranjipura with name of M/s Papaji Computer Academy and other one by name of Jyoti Electrical in Quetta Colony.

On receipt of information, joint team of RPF went to Lakadganj police station and first raided Papaji Computer Academy where a lady employee was present. She said the agency was registered in name of Chandra Kumar Jain, who Satija said is absconding in aftermath of their raid. On checking the computers, about 47 rail tickets worth Rs. 81,041 were found to have been booked through it. The RPF seized two monitor, two CPU, one printer and internet dongle and wi-fi system whose cost is pegged at Rs. 65,000.

Thereafter, SECR RPF team led by Inspector Ganesh Garkal raided Jyoti Electricals and here about 46 train travel tickets were seized and their cost was Rs. 33,460 and 33 other tickets, all e-tickets.  Total 93 e-tickets were seized in the raid at two places, Satija further said.

Pandey said as per Railway Act, an agent cannot generate ticket on individual id and then sell the same as e-ticket on IRCTC platform. Jain was allegedly charging extra money in range of Rs. 300 to 500 per ticket from customers who were unknowing becoming part of illegality. What Jain was doing was using personal information of a gullible customers to print extra tickets and selling the same at profit and depriving commoners of berth.

The RPF team that took part in the raid comprised Divisional Inspector, Central Railway, N C Sinha, Inspector V N Wankhede, Sub-Inspector Sushila Agrawal, constables Amit Barapatre, O S Chouhan, Aswhin Pawar and Ashok Khan and SECR team included Inspector Ganesh Garkal from RPF Motibagh unit, Inspector Sadeep Pagare, Head Constables Satish Ingle, Sagar Salodkar and Vinod Uikey and constable Subhash Adhware.


Form cyber cells at zonal-level: RPF to Railway Board

RPF has asked Railway Board to establish cyber cells at Zonal level to deal with growing menace of illegal trade in on-line reservation of tickets. “We have taken-up the issue at highest level and if such cells at Zonal level are established, the information will percolate faster to us at divisional level and help in cracking down on black marketing of tickets,” said Jyoti Kumar Satija.

Added, Ashutosh Pandey, right now we have to act on information from our sources and in case of any wrong tip RPF could face problem. With cyber cell we will have precise information where and from which IP address bulk tickets are being blocked and instant information can be relayed to local unit to take action against said IRCTC agent if he is indulging in malpractice.

Similarly, post action like the latest one done by RPF, we write to IRCTC recommending suspension of agent's licence for sale of train travel tickets. Sources said according to rough estimate, the turnover in black-marketing of train tickets in Nagpur Region is in range of Rs. 10 crores annually. There is no concrete information but agents are minting money in crores is not in doubt. The exact figure can be ascertained only after access to ticket sales database.