The Railway Safety Drive in Gujarat has unearthed an inter-state racket of journey brokers, touts, and software program builders, who purchased confirmed tickets price Rs 28.14 crore from the IRCTC portal utilizing unlawful softwares and offered them to travellers at a excessive fee, an official stated.
The RPF staff of the Rajkot division of the Western Railway (WR) has thus far arrested six individuals and recovered 1,688 unsold tickets price Rs 43.42 lakh from them, Divisional Safety Commissioner of Rajkot RPF, Pavan Kumar Srivastava knowledgeable on Wednesday.
The fraud was underway for the previous couple of months.
An intensive investigation into their modus operandi has revealed that aside from unlawful softwares, together with the one to generate faux IP addresses, these accused used “disposable” cell phone numbers and electronic mail addresses to create person IDs on the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Company (IRCTC) portal to get the OTPs (One-Time Passwords) for reserving the tickets, stated Srivastava.
“Based mostly on a selected tip-off, our staff had arrested Rajkot-based journey agent Manan Vaghela in Could. Utilizing unlawful software program, Vaghela used to buy confirmed railway tickets from the IRCTC portal in bulk. Later, we arrested one Kanhaiya Giri from Mumbai in July for promoting the software program,” he stated.
The RPF had additionally caught software program developer Abhishek Sharma from Vapi city within the Valsad district of Gujarat. Whereas Giri was the ‘tremendous distributor’ of doubtful softwares, resembling COVID-X and Black Tiger, Sharma used to develop them.
Based mostly on the data offered by them, RPF caught three different members of the inter-state gang recognized as Aman Sharma, Virendra Gupta, and Abhishek Tiwari. They had been arrested from Mumbai, Valsad, and Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh, respectively.
“Since IRCTC has capped the variety of tickets that may be booked from a single pc, the accused developed software program to generate a number of faux IP addresses. This might assist them in reserving tickets in bulk utilizing a single pc,” the senior RPF officer defined.
He stated sure journey brokers had been supplied with “disposable” cell phone numbers and electronic mail IDs by the gang to create faux person IDs on the IRCTC portal and to get the OTP for every ID.
“Tickets price Rs 28.14 crore had been bought utilizing such fraudulent means and the gang members earned an enormous fee by promoting these tickets,” stated Mr Srivastava.
Senior Railway officers are additionally analysing the data offered by the accused in order that such technical loopholes are plugged in to cease the misuse of the e-ticketing system.