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Rs 1000 fine for ticketless travel

The railways caught over a hundred ticketless passengers, including a large number of white-collared people, during a massive drive at Ranchi Junction on Thursday. The erring travellers had to shell out a fine of Rs 1,000 each.

The authorities swung into action across the platforms of Ranchi railway station early in the morning. People getting down from trains or loitering on the premises were caught randomly and asked to produce tickets.

Daily commuters on the Ranchi-Lohardaga route and other short-distance passenger trains, who usually bother care to buy tickets, were specially targeted. Those aboard long-route trains like Hatia-Jammu Tawi Express, Vananchal Express and Ranchi-Dhanbad Intercity Express were not spared either.

Travellers who failed to produce tickets were taken into custody and asked to cough up fines. Many were not carrying enough cash and called up their family members and friends to immediately rush to the station with the amount.

“There are people associated with the judiciary, mass media, education, health services and so on. They are being released one by one after they payment of fines. Those who will not be able to pay the penalty will be forwarded to jail,” said Ranchi rail division public relations senior inspector Kalawanti.

Asked about Thursday’s collection, she said as several groups of TTEs were involved in the drive, the final report on the total penalty amount and the number of people forwarded to jail had not been compiled yet.

“All I can say is that over a hundred ticketless passengers were detained till 5pm. The minimum fine is Rs 1,000 per head,” she added.