Railway Protection Force busts illegal tickets booking racket, arrests two touts



The Railway Protection Force (RPF) of Northeast Frontier Railway seized 34.55 kg cannabis, apprehended two touts and rescued a minor girl in West Bengal and Assam during the last four days, an official said.

A team of RPF from Alipurduar had conducted a surprise checking at New Coochbehar Railway Station in West Bengal on October 19 and saw a woman trying to board the 02346 Guwahati-Sealdah Special carrying a big bag, said NF Railway spokesperson Subhanan Chanda here on Friday.

On checking her bag, 14.05 kg cannabis was found along with Rs 13,460 in cash and one mobile phone, the NFR Chief Public Relations Officer said.

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In another incident on October 21, a team of RPF conducted a search operation at New Jalpaiguri railway station in West Bengal in 02346 Guwahati-Sealdah Special and seized two unclaimed bags containing 20.5 kg cannabis.

In Assam, another team of RPF apprehended one person for illegally buying and selling railway e-tickets from a travel agency near Digboi station and seized 11 railway tickets worth Rs 43,231, one computer set, one printer and other accessories from his possession on October 21.

The next day yet another RPF team conducted surveillance at the computerised reservation centre in Guwahati railway station and apprehended one person for running an illegal business of procuring and supplying railway tickets.