The holiday season is here, when thousands of Mumbaikars look to leave the teeming city behind — at least for a few days — in search of greener pastures.
This is boom time for the railways, and railway touts. On Tuesday afternoon, railway protection force (RPF) and vigilance officers of CST arrested two of them with reserved tickets worth Rs 32,500. The main accused Mohammed Abdul Gani was a railway employee till he was dismissed from service on similar charges two years ago.
The officials were on their beat when they saw Gani near the reservation office at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST). Their suspicions were aroused by his activities and on frisking him they found 32 reserved tickets worth Rs 32,500 in his possession. The other accused Dharmendra Singh was also caught.
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Before his termination in 2010, Gani was an employee in the electrical department at CST. The 42-year-old is a resident of Dharavi. Police have also seized a special railway pass from him, which too was forged. The particular pass is issued to railway officials only so that they can travel in local trains, without purchasing tickets.
“We have arrested Gani and Singh under section 143 of The Railways Act. They will be produced in court on Wednesday,” said Satbeer Singh, sub-inspector of RPF, CST.