The Railways on Friday said 718 touts and 176 IRCTC authorised agents have been arrested for their alleged involvement in illegal ticketing since May 1, when only limited trains operated due to the coronavirus restrictions.
It also said more than 4,500 IRCTC user ids have been blocked over touting activities.
“The RPF (Railway Protection Force) anticipated issues of touting and acted proactively in curbing the menace of touting, conducting massive and sustained drives against them. 718 touts indulging in touting activities were arrested.
“176 IRCTC authorised agents have also been arrested for their involvement in cornering tickets with illegal means,” the Railways said in a statement.
During the raids, tickets worth Rs 68 lakh were seized and processed for blocking. These were tickets for journeys yet to begin.