In what could be a plot straight out of a crime serial, the Mumbai division of Western Railway conducted an undercover operation to arrest an agent who was involved in the illegal sale of train tickets.

The Mumbai division of Western Railway conducted a decoy check at Bhayandar recently for illegal and unauthorised sale of train tickets. A decoy check was conducted at Sushil Communication at Bhayandar on information that railway reservation e-tickets were generated on personal IDs and were being sold at a high premium.

An outsider volunteered to act as a passenger and was provided with Rs 500 and instructed to book a sleeper class tatkal ticket for Train No. 12925 or 12903 from Mumbai Central to Mathura through Sushil Communication. The unauthorised agent demanded Rs 1000 as against the actual fare of Rs 716 (including IRCTC charges). He collected Rs 500 and asked the passenger to return the next day with the balance. The next day, the shop was raided as soon as the agent handed over the ticket. The marked note was recovered from his person by the authorities.

The agent admitted that he didn't have any licence or authority to issue railway tickets. During the raid, 8 e-tickets, blank reservation forms and Rs 7500 cash was seized.

A case has been registered against the agent under section 143 of Railway Act.