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Dhanbad ticket touts nabbed

Two ticket black-marketeers were arrested from near the reservation counter of Dhanbad railway station on Thursday.

Ashwini Kumar Gupta of Kendua and Rajkumar Mandal of Barmasia were nabbed during a raid led by officer-in-charge of Railway Protection Force (RPF) police station D.K. Singh.

Reservation forms, identity proofs like Aadhaar cards, Voter IDs and PAN cards and Rs 2,200 in cash were recovered from the duo. The filled-up forms were for booking Tatkal tickets for a journey from Bihar’s Rajendra Nagar Terminal Railway Station to New Delhi.

Police sent the duo to jail after registering cases under section 143 of the 1989 Railway Act. They were also interrogated about the illegal ticket sale racket operating from railway stations, including Dhanbad, Gomoh and Jharia, under Dhanbad division.

Speaking to The Telegraph, officer-in-charge Singh said the arrested duo were a part of a team of black-marketeers working under Faiyaz Saiffuddin Ansari, a resident of Rahmatganj who is currently absconding.

“We have evidence against Gupta and Mandal, including CCTV footage of the reservation complex. We are also investigating the role of lawyers who bail out these black-marketeers with the help of fake documents,” he added.

The officer also added that black-marketeers were often released through “fake” bailers. “We are looking into that issue as well,” he said.

In an earlier raid of May 22, Three persons were nabbed. Besides identity proofs and reservation forms, Rs 35,000 in cash was recovered.