Indian Railways has arrested 60 agents who booked tickets through this national system while removing illegal software. As a result of this railway move, there will now be a number of Tatkal tickets available for passengers. A top official said on Tuesday. Arun Kumar, director-general of the Rail Protection Force (RPF), said the clean-up operation meant immediate passengers could now receive hours of tickets, which would have ended within minutes of the first booking being opened.
One of those arrested is suspected to be from Kolkata and has links with Bangladesh-based terrorist organization Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen. In January, the Director-General said that an e-ticket gang had been exposed, whose links were linked to terrorism financing and money laundering.
Officials revealed on Tuesday that illicit software such as ANMS, Mac, and Jaguar had bypassed IRCTC’s login captcha, booking captcha and bank OTP when actual customers had to go through all of this process. He explained that for a typical customer the booking process usually takes about 2.55 minutes but those who use this software can complete it in about 1.48 minutes.
Indian Railways do not allow agents to book tickets immediately, and in the past two months, the RPF has arrested about 60 illegal agents who booked tickets through this software. In such a situation, it was virtually impossible for others to obtain Tatkal tickets.
Speaking to reporters, Kumar said, “Today I can say that not a single ticket is being booked with illegal software.” We fixed all IRCTC issues and were also caught by those who were the main operators of this software. ‘
Kumar said that in addition to the arrests, most of the illegal software was blocked which used to do business worth Rs 50 crores-100 crores annually. He said that seven persons, including one from Kolkata, have arrested on February 8.
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