Two men from a travel agency in Patna were arrested for allegedly booking 3,184 regular and electronic tickets worth Rs 90.27 Lakh. The tickets were booked on fake identity cards for the post Holi season in March. A raid was held at the Puja travel agency and Patna railway protection force (RPF) seized Rs 52,000 cash, electronic devices like computers and printers.
The station house officer of Patna junction, V N Kumar, said “In the raid, the members of squad seized around 3,000 e-and regular tickets worth over Rs 90 lakh of actual fare. These tickets were meant for sale in the black market after Holi,” he added.
The two men responsible for the fraud were Chandan Kumar (30) and Pankaj Kumar (25). The tickets thus seized belongs to 2AC, 3AC and sleeper classes for destinations such as Delhi, Mumbai, Howrah, Pune and other metro cities.
According to the railway rule, the tickets should be booked 120 days prior to the journey and the post holi season rush are expected to start from March 22 onwards.
Earlier also similar cases were witnessed, were 97 ticket touts were arrested between January 2018 to January 2019 in Bihar. Also in 2018, RPF seized harmful software called “Red Mirchi” that was being used to book tickets during the tatkal period.