LUCKNOW || With the Indian Railways restarting bookings and playing of trains after an almost two-month break due to the COVID-19 lockdown, there are reports of widespread touting for tickets, an official said on Friday. Owing to this, he further added, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) has being a crackdown against such illegal activity.
Railways have started 15 pairs of AC Special trains and have announced 100 pairs of additional trains from June 1. “There have been complaints regarding touts of e-tickets using multiple personal Ids and cornering reserved berths in these special trains” the official informed while adding that “it was also apprehended that once the reservation for the 100 pairs of trains started on May 21, the activities of these touts will escalate adversely affecting the availability of confirmed train reservations to the common man“.
RPF has started concerted nationwide efforts to identify and act against these touts. Analysis of PRS data through PRABAL module clubbed with ground intelligence is being used to identify and bring them to book.
RPF has so far arrested 14 touts including 8 IRCTC agents and recovered tickets worth Rs 6,36,727 wherein the journey is yet to be performed.
The IRCTC agents were using personal Ids to corner tickets and then sell them in an unauthorized way, at a premium. Action has been initiated to get them blacklisted. One tout was found using autofill software called Super Tatkal Pro.