Rail e-ticket racketeers held; fake voter IDs recovered

A gang of alleged railway ‘e-ticket’ racketeers has been busted with the arrest of two persons from the Jaitpur area of southeast Delhi for selling tickets under fake names.

Police have arrested Vivek Kumar Singh (32) and his  cousin, Ravinder Singh, (22), and recovered 15 tickets to different destinations in Bihar.

Four bogus voter cards were also seized from their possession. The accused used to give the fake IDs to passengers to whom they had sold tickets as the identification proof to be shown along with the ticket to the ticket checker.

The fake voter IDs were prepared by morphing photographs and other details on scanned copies of genuine voter cards. The duo confessed to have sold about 800 such tickets so far.

The duo allegedly took two to three times the value of a ticket from its customers, police said.

“The modus operandi was simple. They booked their online tickets two months in advance using different e-mail IDs on the IRCTC website.

“They booked tickets for all age groups. All the tickets recovered from them are for destinations in Bihar, as a large chunk of the migrant population settled in the Jaitpur and Badarpur areas hail from the state,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (South East), P Karunakaran.

The duo had been allegedly running the racket for the past three years.

On Friday information was received that a railway e-ticket racket was being run from an office, Shaurya Communication Centre, on the main Jaitpur Road, police said.

Subsequently, a decoy customer was sent there to buy a confirmed ticket from Delhi to Muzaffarpur in Bihar. The duo provided him with an e-ticket in the name of Nitin Kumar, charging him Rs 2,000 on a ticket worth Rs 1,177.

“The fraudsters also provided him (the decoy) with a voter card carrying his photograph and bearing Nitin’s name… Both office-bearers were apprehended,” added Karunakaran.