As part of the nationwide crackdown under ‘Operation Thunder’ against illegal e-ticketing and touting activities , the RPF of East Coast Railway under the command of IG Raja Ram conducted surprise raids at more than 20 places against such illegal activities covering Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Chattishgarh.

A total of 19 cases were registered against illegal e-ticketing agents/touts. They were arrested for prosecution U/S143 of Railways Act.
About 728 railway e-tickets valued Rs.15,21,670/- (approx) were seized. Besides these incriminating materials including cash, modems, computers and other accessories worth more than Rs.5 lakh (approx) have also been seized, said a release issued by ECoR in Bhubaneswar on Sunday.

The raid was conducted as a part of the ongoing war by RPF against illegal E-ticketing business across the nation, under which this time Bhubaneswar, Puri, Cuttack, Bhadrak, Brahmapur, Kantabanji, Rayagada(in Odisha), Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam (in Andhra Pradesh) and Mahasamund (in Chhattisgarh) were also included.

In view of the summer holiday rush, heavy demand for Railway reserved tickets, with meticulous planning and in close coordination with IRCTC, the mission was worked out in advance. Information about fake and fictitious IDs and touts were procured and intelligence based recce was taken up before going to raid such locations.