WR’s RPF TEAM CRACK DOWN HEAVILY on
UNAUTHORISED RAILWAY TICKET TOUTS IN 2021
Tickets worth approx. Rs. 2.15 Cr seized in more than 680 cases
Western Railway has been conducting special drives and raids against touts, luring innocent passengers and charging exorbitant illegal commissions. Taking intensive action against touts, special drives have been regularly conducted by Western Railway’s Railway Protection Force (RPF) in all six Divisions. This has resulted in seizure of e-tickets as well as journey-cum-reservation tickets worth approx. Rs. 2.15 crores.
According to a press release issued by Shir Sumit Thakur – Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Railway, RPF WR formed special teams of dedicated staff from the Detective Wing of RPF Crime Branch, Cyber Cell and Divisions to launch special drives against touts. It was observed that touts were booking tickets using several fake identity cards, including some authorized IRCTC agents who used fake IDs and illegal software to issue tickets, thereby charging extra money from innocent passengers. In 2021, RPF WR arrested 734 persons in 684 cases of touting and seized total 15,263 tickets worth approx. Rs. 2.15 Cr.
Shri Thakur also stated that apart from such regular drives for arrest and prosecution of touts, RPF WR has also conducted several awareness campaigns for sensitizing public to discourage on purchasing tickets though illegal touts. The campaign also aimed to educate passengers regarding the legal provisions of section 143 of Railways Act and consequences of buying tickets/e-tickets from touts.