It was revealed that the alleged tout identified as Indrajeet Gupta (32) had booked tickets worth Rs 57 lakh in the last three years.
Mumbai: Acting on a tip-off from the Central Railway’s vigilance department, the Dadar Railway Protection Force (RPF) arrested a tout from Mankhurd and seized laptops and 44 live tickets worth Rs 2,12,867. In the investigation, it was revealed that the alleged tout identified as Indrajeet Gupta (32) had booked tickets worth Rs 57 lakh in the last three years.
An RPF official said that Gupta was sent to judicial custody on Saturday. “The tout had been illegally selling tickets by going around. He books tickets through his laptop by using hotspot of his smart phone,” said the official.
He added, “after getting a tip-off from the vigilance department, the RPF and Panvel crime branch had kept an eye on him. The RPF officials had deployed a man to decoy the accused to book a ticket from him. When the ticket was confirmed, we immediately arrested him on Friday night from Mankhurd.”
“Gupta was caught with 44 tickets online worth Rs 2.12 lakh. After probing his laptop, we have found that 2,042 tickets worth Rs 57,68,995 were booked from his laptop in the last three years,” RPF official added.
B.K. Pandey, additional in charge of RPF senior divisional security commissioner of Mumbai division of CR said, “The software Mace, enabled him to generate eight to ten tickets at one go, thereby he was generating more numbers of tickets by violating Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) norms. He has been booked under section 143 of Railways Act and remanded to judicial custody.”
Sunil Udasi, chief public relation officer (CPRO) of CR said, “All the tickets have been forfeited. Those, who had booked the tickets from the said person, will not be able to travel from those PNRs.”