Western Railway comes down heavily on Touts as part of its Drive against Touts during the Festive season!
MUMBAI: In view of the forthcoming festive season and the ensuing vacation rush in trains, Western Railway has formed Special Task Force consisting of Crime Branch Inspectors and dedicated staff from field units and has launched intensive drives against touting activities. A nationwide crackdown on touts indulging in illegal purchase and sale of railway tickets was conducted by RPF for arresting touts on 2nd & 3rd November 2018. In this crackdown the Special Task Force of RPF/Western Railway arrested 40 high profile touts with recovery of 900 reserved tickets, valued Rs 16 lakhs. Such tickets are sold on high commission to passengers as the demand for reserved tickets is very high during vacation period.
According to a press release issued by Shri Ravinder Bhakar – Chief Public Relations Officer of W.Rly, during the festive season and during vacations there is a high demand for reserved tickets and as such activities of touts witness a sharp increase. RPF/WR have conducted about 1400 raids in the last 20 days with arrest of 244 high profile touts and recovery of reserved tickets worth Rs 1.06 crore.
The special drive against the touting activities will continue upto 30/11/2018. An awareness campaign has also been launched simultaneously to sensitize passengers for buying tickets from approved sources only, either online or from PRS counters or from authorized Rail Travel Service Agents (RTSA) and to avoid purchasing tickets from unauthorized dealers/ touts, since it is an offence under the Railways Act.
RPF Visakhapatnam Division conducts raids on Travel agencies
On receiving information from reliable sources Railway Protection Force officials conducted surprise raids at various locations of Travel cum Internet centres in Visakhapatnam indulged in generating reserved tickets with fake ID proofs and user names. At the same time RPF officials at Bobbili and Srikakulam also conducted surprise raids during which 6 cases have been registered and 7 accused were held responsible under section 143 of Railway Act. During the raids 495 reserved tickets of worth Rs 8.36 lakhs were recovered from the travel centres. Such raids will be continued in future to check the touting menace in railway reservation system.