Thiruvananthapuram | At least 702 cases, including 631 for ticketless travel, were registered by the Trivandrum division of the Southern Railways during the last seven days in Kerala.
The division had conducted special ticket checking drive to detect ticketless travellers.
“702 cases were detected during the last seven days which includes 631 cases of ticketless travel, 33 cases of irregular travel and 38 cases of unbooked luggage and an amount of about Rs 2.50 lakh was realized,” a railways press release said.
It was found that mostly students were travelling without tickets. Many passengers were penalised for travelling in sleeper class compartments with second class tickets, the release said adding stringent action including prosecution is proposed to be taken against routine offenders.
A special anti-fraud squad has been constituted to intensify the checks on ticketless travel, anti-tout activities and allotment of berths by working TTEs in trains.
The anti-fraud squad comprises senior ticket checking staff including lady TTEs and Commercial Inspectors.
During the check on November 21, a 14-year-old boy, who ran away from his home at Gulbarga, was rescued and handed over to CHILDLINE. In the last three months, five children fleeing from home were rescued by the squad.