A man from Delhi, Moinuddin Chisti, has been apprehended by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) for hacking into the Indian Railways’ ticket booking portal, IRCTC. He misused the platform to improperly secure train berths under the Tatkal quota. These illegally obtained tickets were then sold at higher prices to passengers.
Moinuddin Chisti, residing in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh, operates a railway ticket booking shop in Greater Noida. He had been operating this unauthorized scheme for two years. The police have uncovered the details of the case, revealing the methods he used.
Illegal Software and Tactics
Chisti employed illicit software like Nexus, Sikka V2, and BigBoss to create anonymous profiles on IRCTC’s portal. These programs automatically filled in passenger information and payment details to book tickets swiftly. He exploited these tools to access the Tatkal and VIP quotas, enabling him to reserve tickets faster than regular passengers. The unlawfully procured tickets were sold at prices up to four times the original fare.
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Chisti’s actions infringe upon several Indian Railways regulations. The use of third-party software for ticket booking by IRCTC agents is forbidden. These agents must exclusively use official IRCTC accounts. Additionally, the transfer of sold tickets and seat reservations is prohibited. Chisti booked tickets under false names and then distributed them to unregistered travelers, violating the Indian Home Railways Act of 1989.
Illegal Revenue and Detection
Over two years, Chisti amassed around Rs 30 lakhs from these fraudulent activities. The suspicion raised by the local cybercrime unit, due to multiple Tatkal bookings using the same mobile number, led to his exposure. The cyber cell alerted the Railway Police Force, resulting in Chisti’s arrest.
IRCTC’s Official Advisory
Indian Railways has repeatedly encountered illegal ticket booking schemes. Therefore, IRCTC advises passengers to stick to authorized methods, including offline ticket counters, the official IRCTC website and app, and registered IRCTC agents.
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