RPF has arrested 1459 touts, 366 IRCTC agent IDs and 6751 personal Ids have been blocked as part of the drive against touts. It is undertaking operation ‘upalabdh’ to check the malpractices in the railway reservations.
With the restoration of long-distance train services and the likelihood of the festival and summer rush, a sharp rise in demand for reserved train accommodation was expected in March 2022. Taking note of the input, Railway Protection Force (RPF) geared up its efforts and launched a pan India drive against activities of touts throughout the country in March 2022.
The field units of RPF gathered inputs from the field, digital and cyber world, collated, verified and analysed information and started the drive across the nation on 1st March 2022. The drive was immensely successful and resulted in the arrest of 1459 touts, out of which 341 were authorised IRCTC agents but also indulged in touting railway tickets. The process of blacklisting these IRCTC agents and blocking as many as 366 IRCTC agent IDs and 6751 personal Ids is being undertaken.
The arrest of touts is about 3.64 times the figure of the previous month i.e. February 2022. The tickets of the future journey of value more than Rs 65 Lakhs cornered by these touts illegally were recovered and blocked thus making these seats available to the bonafide passengers.
The month-long drive under Operation Upalabdh has been able to curb the activities of touts substantially and make railway tickets available to the common man. Indian Railways advised the common public not to procure tickets from unauthorised persons as it is not only likely to be forfeited once detected, but may also land the buyer in legal trouble. The railways intends to continue Operation Upalabdh by RPF against touts in future too.