RPF bust fake e-Ticket Racket; arrest one

Mangalore:  Railway Protection Force, Palakkad, arrested a person for allegedly carrying out a business of procuring and supplying railway reservation e-tickets at his residence using modern gadgets that includes a personal computer, high speed broad brand connection, mobile phone, e-mail, different log-in IDs. The accused is A Rajkumar of Palakkad. The officers seized five railway reservation e-tickets valued at Rs 3,267 from him.

These tickets were for different trains and destinations in different names. Simultaneously a search was conducted at the office of Rajkumar from where 13 forged e-tickets with inflated ticket fare valued at Rs.16,562 along with CPU of his personal computer and mobile phone were seized. A case was registered in RPF Station, Palakkad, under section 143 (1) of Railways Act (Amended 2003). The accused was produced before JMFC, Ottapalam.

The accused has been remanded to judicial custody till October 5 and the investigation is on. Preliminary enquiry revealed that the accused has been doing the unauthorized touting business since 2009 and most of his customers are corporate clients. He had created 35 log-in IDs in IRCTC portal.

The accused procured tickets from IRCTC as per the demand and requirement of his customers and kept a template of the same in the word format in his PC wherein forged e-tickets by inflating the fare amount. The forged e-ticket does not have the logo of Indian Railway and IRCTC thus cheating his customers.