S Rly conducts Operation Thunder; 32 touts held in TN

Chennai: In a step against ticket touting, the Southern Railway conducted ‘Operation Thunder’ in Chennai, Salem, Madurai, Tiruchchirappalli, Thiruvananthapuram and Palakkad.

Yesterday about 32 touts were held by the Railway Protection Force, and tickets worth more than 50 lakh were seized from them.

Operation Thunder is a pan-India drive initiated against ticket-touting. In the crack down, the Railway Protection Force checks misuse of the facility of e-ticketing and tatkal seva.

According to the SR statement, “During the drive a total of 32 touts were apprehended and booked under the Railway Act, 1989. A total of 436 advance reservation tickets (including e-tickets, expired and upcoming journeys) valued Rs 53.2 lakh were seized by RPF.”

Across the nation, nearly 400 touts from 205 cities have been arrested, and most of them were from West Bengal.

NT Bureau