Government Reserved Police’s (GRP) Vasai unit has arrested three persons for allegedly printing and travelling with a bogus railway passes in the suburb trains on Tuesday. All the accused are residents of Mira Road.
The GRP busted the racket after they found Arvind Purushottam Rijoya (34) travelling in the first-class compartment of a suburb train with a bogus pass. “Ticket Collector (TC) at Mira Road Station asked him to show the ticket. The alert TC then informed the GRP about the fake ticket,” said Sachin Ingawale, Senior Inspector, GRP.
Police arrested Arvind under relevant sections with 420 of the IPC. During the interrogation, he reveals from where he purchased the ticket. Based on the information given by Rijoya, police picked up two others Stephan Joseph Albert D’souza (57) and Vijay Khanaiyalal Waswani (45) from Mira Road.
According to GRP, both of them ran a printing press and stationery shop in Mira Road. They printed the bogus railway passes there. Police further investigating to whom they sold the bogus tickets.
Police seized printing equipment, scanners and papers worth Rs 71,279 during the raid.
The government allowed to commute only essential services employees since the state government started ‘Mission Begins Again’.
Earlier, police has busted the bogus BMC ID cards and pathology cards rackets. However, there is a growing demand from the common commuters to also be allowed to travel by local train. Nevertheless, other modes of transportation are not only time-consuming but also pricey for the pockets.