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Black market ticket arrests

Dhanbad Railway Police arrested three persons for black-marketing tatkal tickets from the reservation complex of the coal capital’s station on Thursday.

Pradeep Kumar, Vickey Kumar Ram and Sandip Kumar — all residents of Kendua — were nabbed during a surprise raid around 10am.

The police also seized more than a dozen identity proofs like voter card, aadhaar card and PAN cards, besides Rs 35,000 in cash.

The trio are a part of a network of railway ticket black marketeers who buy tickets on tatkal from the reservation counter by showing fake identity cards and then sell those tickets to passengers at a much higher price.

Giving details, officer-in-charge of Railway Protection Force (RPF) police station D.K. Singh, who led the team, said the three have been sent to jail later.

During the raid, the railway police also surveyed the ladies’ compartments of Dhanbad-Asansol train and slapped a fine of Rs 500 each on six men who were found travelling in the compartment. Entering carriages reserved for women is a violation of Section 162 of the Railway Act.

“Lot of complaints have poured in from different places regarding male passengers often travelling in ladies’ compartments. We will continue our drive in trains like Black Diamond Express, Coalfield Express and Dhanbad-Sindri Passenger, as most of these complaints are reported from these trains,” said Singh.

Thursday’s raid was an attempt to make Dhanbad station free from illegal practices.

Acting on the orders of Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) of Dhanbad division of East Central Railway B.B. Singh, the team will also carry out similar raids at Jharia station.

Their main aim is to break the nexus of black marketeers. DRM Singh added that they would keep an eye on local vagabonds who tend to loiter in platforms.