Even though it has been less than 10 days since the Indian Railways resumed passenger train services, the Railway Police Force (RAF) has already arrested 14 touts and recovered tickets worth over Rs 6 lakhs.
The RPF has also started nation-wide efforts to identify and act against touting activity.
The Railways, in an attempt to restart train services, had decided to begin with staggered operations with 15 pairs commencing from May 12.
However, complaints had started to pour in regarding touts using multiple identities and reserving berths in these special trains, and selling these at a premium.
“The drive was launched on 20 May 2020 and despite the impact of Cyclone Amphan in the eastern part of the country, the RPF has been able to arrest 14 touts, including 8 IRCTC agents, and recovered tickets worth Rs 636,727 (six lakhs thirty six thousands seven hundred and twenty seven rupees), whereas the journey is yet to be undertaken,” the railways said in a statement.
The latest move by the RPF comes amid a recent announcement by the Railways to begin 100 additional special trains from June 1.