The Railway Protection Force (RPF) arrested two touts possessing tickets from the railway station on Tuesday.
The RPF have filed a case against the touts under section 143 of the Railway Act and presented them before the court.
RPF inspector Yashwant Singh said, “We got information following which we laid a trap to arrest the touts red-handed.”
A tout named Sanjay Singh from Guru Gobind Singh colony was possessing five reserved tickets of different classes for various destinations and the other tout Naveen Kumar from Basti Jodhewal also possessed two tickets of different destinations. They were trying to sell the tickets on higher prices to people.
The problem of touting at Ludhiana railway station is not new. Though the railway introduced online reservation system long back, passengers still prefer buying tickets from reservation counter. To escape from long queues or to get confirmed reserved tickets, they fall prey to touts.
Singh said, “Selling or purchasing tickets from an unauthorised person is crime and people should refrain themselves from buying tickets from touts.” He said the RPF was keeping a vigil to trap such anti-social elements on stations and to break the nexus.