Man held for using RoboForm Software to book 122 train tickets online

Mumbai: The Railway Police Force (RPF) arrested a man in Koparkhairane, Navi Mumbai, after he was caught using a new software called RoboForm, which allows a person to book as many as four to five Railway tickets online in one go.

The accused, Nitin Mahadev Patil, was caught red-handed during the morning hours after RPF personnel received a tip-off. He was transferred to Turbhe holding cell where he will be kept under judicial custody till Sunday. Railway officials said Patil had booked as many as 122 tickets via RoboForm, amounting to a total of Rs 4,21,694.

RoboForm, like others of its kind, allows users to fill multiple forms on a fake ID and keep them ready as soon as the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) opens its website at 8 am for the public to book tickets. RoboForm is one of the many ways in which people have been misusing the IRCTC portal, later selling tickets at hiked prices to customers.

Central Railway (CR) Senior Divisional Security Commissioner (Sr.DSC) Alokh Bohra said, “The problem is that there are million such programmes on the Internet and we have no control over them, but yes, we are making all efforts to catch anyone who might be booking their tickets online through illegal means.”

The RPF has been trying to curb illegal ticket booking for the past six months after commuters complained they were unable to book tickets via Passenger Reservation Services’ (PRS) counters and the IRCTC website.