As part of a month-long pan-India operation on illicit ticketing, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) detained 1,459 touts and blocked 366 IRCTC agent IDs and 6,751 personal IDs, the Railways announced on the 2nd of April, 2022. The RPF’s field units gathered information from the field, the digital world, and the cyber world, then consolidated, vetted, and analysed it before launching the campaign across the country on March 1, 2022.
- The operation was a huge success, resulting in the arrest of 1,459 touts, 341 of whom were authorised IRCTC agents who were also hawking train tickets.
- The process of blacklisting these IRCTC agents is currently underway, with 366 IRCTC agent IDs and 6,751 personal IDs being blocked.
- The number of arrests is almost 3.64 times that of the previous month.
- Future voyage tickets worth more than Rs 65 lakh that were illegally seized by these touts were recovered and blocked, making these seats available for the bonafide passengers.
About Operation Upalabdh:
The ‘Operation Upalabdh’ push was launched following the reinstatement of long-distance train services, with the expectation that the festival and summer rush would result in a sharp increase in demand for reserved train tickets. In response to the feedback, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) increased its efforts and launched a pan-India offensive against touting practises in March 2022.