A travel agent who procured railway tickets in bulk and later sold them at twice the price has been arrested by the Crime Branch. Mukesh Kumar Raj,a resident of Paharganj,was arrested from his office in the same area.
Police said Raj used to buy confirmed train tickets,using fictitious names,months before the date of journey and later hired touts to look for passengers in need for tickets.
Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime and Railways) Sanjay Bhatia said,A complainant informed us that a tout had asked him to visit Sai Shiv Tours and Travels for tickets. At the office in Paharganj,he was provided a confirmed train ticket to Mumbai. The ticket had been procured in March under a false name. As the complainant did not want to travel on someone elses ticket,he asked for a refund,but the travel agent refused.
Following this,the Crime Branch raided the office and arrested Raj. A total of 69 confirmed tickets of various trains for July 4 were recovered from his possession.
During questioning,Raj said he worked for one Lalit who had contacts with several touts at railway stations,police said. Police are looking for Lalit.