‘Operation Thunder’, a pan-India special drive against touting of Railway reservation tickets has been launched all over Indian Railways. As advised by Railway Board, the RPF wing of Southern Railway conducted the special drive on 13th June, 2019 . All the six divisions of the zone, namely, Chennai, Salem, Madurai, Tiruchchirappalli , Thiruvananthapuram and Palakkad Divisions held the special drive.
Intensive raids were conducted at 23 locations including PRS centres and private travel agencies located in Arakkonam, Villivakkam, Thanjavur, Mayiladuthurai,Puducherry, Tirunelveli, Madurai, Salem, Coimbatore, Ernakulam, Nagercoil, Mangalore, Palakkad, to mention a few.
During the drive a total of 32 touts have been apprehended and booked under Railway Act, 1989. A total of 436 advance reservation tickets (including e-tickets) valued Rs.53.2 lakh were seized by RPF. This includes 249 past journey tickets ( Date of Journey expired) valued Rs.32.2 lakh and 187 future journey tickets valued Rs.20.6 lakh.
Southern Railway RPF wing undertakes concerted efforts in curbing ticket touting activities by conducting intensive checks and raids periodically.
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