The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) detected a total of 749093 passengers travelling without ticket or irregular ticket during the period from January to December, 2019.

In this regard, the NFR realized an amount of Rs 51.56 crore from the offender as fare and penalty.

This was stated in a press release issued by Subhanan Chanda, the Chief Public Relations Officer of (NFR).

During the checking, 29455 cases of passenger travelling with un-booked luggage during journey were also found and another Rs 37.55 lakh were realized from them as freight charges.

Thus, a total of Rs. 51.94 cr was realized from 778548 passengers without ticket or irregular ticket and un-booked luggage cases showing about 25.55 per cent more in terms of numbers of penalty cases detected and 21.07 per cent higher in terms of earnings for the corresponding period of last year, it said.

Emphasis given towards vigorous ticket checking not only led to increase in ticket selling from counter but also increased penalty earnings, it added.

To curb the menace of ticket less travel, NFR officials have been conducting regular surprise ticket checking drive in mail, express and passenger trains running through all the five divisions.

As per section 137, of the Indian Railway Act of 1989, travelling without ticket, improper ticket or un-booked luggage is an offence punishable by imprisonment or fine or both.

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