Cops nab 5 pseudo TTEs

Market police have arrested five pseudo travelling ticket examiners (TTE) who had duped several passengers in the guise of providing them confirmed tickets.

Police arrested Shyam Babu, Shyam Choudhury, Chandan Kumar, Sunil and Raju from Bihar. The gang members go to the Secunderabad railway station during busy hours and identify North Indian passengers, who are looking for TTE to get a seat in the sleeper or III AC coaches.

One of the gang members first approaches the victims and takes them to meet their fellow gang member, who would be posing as a TTE wearing a black blazer and white trousers.

The pseudo TTE then assures the passenger to meet their other gang members waiting outside the railway station to get a seat. Once the victim meets the gang member outside the station and hands over the money, he would be sent back with specific instructions to collect a reservation confirmation receipt from the ‘TTE’. “But by the time the victim returns to the platform, the TTE will not be there and the gang members disappear with money. In some cases, the gang members had even escaped with luggage of the passenger,” Market additional inspector K Sudhakar said.

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Railways moot suburban corridor, automatic signalling

A suburban corridor and automatic signalling have been mooted by the Railways to introduce more trains and Mainline Electric Multiple Units (MEMU) to end hardship faced by commuters, especially short-distance commuters.

Participating at a meet-the-press of the Press Club here on Wednesday, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Rajesh Agrawal said the Railways had submitted a proposal to the government on automatic signalling, which could be justified only for such corridors.

Thiruvananthapuram is an ideal location for setting up a suburban corridor and the first one could be Thiruvananthapuram–Kayamkulam. Taking into account the special situation in the State and the overdependence on trains, the DRM said special passenger trains and air-conditioned MEMU services would have to be operated for short-distance commuters.

In reply to a question on the fate of the coaching depot at Nemom, the DRM said the proposal was still under consideration. “The division will move ahead with the proposal,” he added.

On the crackdown on season ticket travellers in reserved coaches of long-distance mail and express trains, Mr. Agrawal said complaints from reserved travellers had compelled Railways to take strict action. He said travellers should reserve tickets or travel in de-reserved coaches.

To a query on the shortage of travelling ticket examiners and stationmasters, Mr. Agrawal said accountability-levels had increased and hence the station masters were required to do additional jobs and take up additional responsibilities. “There will be opposition and some levels of discomfort, but everything has been done objectively. But if need be, additional staff will be provided,” he added.

Detailing on the upgrade of facilities at the Kochuveli and Kazhakuttam railway stations, the DRM said Kochuveli had been upgraded from level D to B category.