48 arrested this year in e-ticketing fraud

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Summary: Recently, the RPF arrested two persons, Biswajit Biswal and his friend, after raiding a cyber cafe in Cuttack. Bhubaneswar: Unscrupulous agents have been selling e-tickets at a premium by adopting illegal means. Some agents and internet cafe owners have created fake e-mail addresses and opened scores of IDs on the IRCTC website.The railway protection force (RPF) arrested 48 people in this regard in 2015-16. Pathak said 36 persons were prosecuted in 2012-13, 36 in 2013-14, 37 in 2014-15 and 48 in 2015-16. Awasti said ghost IP addresses were used to cheat cyber experts of the RPF and ECoR.

Bhubaneswar: Unscrupulous agents have been selling e-tickets at a premium by adopting illegal means. Some agents and internet cafe owners have created fake e-mail addresses and opened scores of IDs on the IRCTC website.The railway protection force (RPF) arrested 48 people in this regard in 2015-16. It has also busted several rackets to stop e-ticket fraud, said east coast railway (ECoR) chief security commissioner Atul Pathak.After analysis and cyber surveillance, Pathak said, it was suspected that some people were operating through multiple personal IDs created with fake names and addresses.

The credentials, locations and activities of such users were verified through decoy checks, he added.Pathak said the RPF in the northeast frontier railway (NFR) zone, after receiving information from ECoR, tracked six such IDs. A person, who was operating as a tout for long, was arrested. Tickets worth Rs 30,177 were seized from him at Silchar.ECoR sources said the RPF has busted gangs whose members have been operating as touts and misusing the internet ticketing (e-ticket) facility by procuring and selling railway e-tickets illegally since 2012.

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