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Man held for smart card fraud

Taking advantage of the long serpentine queues at ticket booking counters at railway stations, Abdul Khalid Sheikh, 43, came up with an innovative idea to make a quick buck.

Sheikh, an electrician by profession, was arrested by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) at Mulund station on Thursday, for allegedly selling railway tickets to commuters using the ‘Go Mumbai’ smart card and charging more than the actual fare.

“We recovered Rs1,120, two smart cards, 10 refill receipts and two railway tickets from Sheikh,” said inspector Digvijay Singh, RPF, Mulund, adding, that the accused will be produced in court on Friday.

Acting on a complaint filed by a local journalist, Singh said that they laid a trap near the Mulund station booking counter.

Explaining the modus operandi adopted by Sheikh, Singh said, “He operated during the rush hour and would sell tickets to commuters and charge an additional Rs2 for each ticket. To avoid delay, commuters would also agree to pay the nominal amount. He was involved in this business since the last month.”

Besides this, Sheikh would also get Rs50 from Indian Railway for recharging his smart card with Rs1,000.

However, Sheikh refuted all allegations made against him. “I never charged more than actual fares for the tickets. I am doing social work by helping the commuters and not trying to cheat them.”



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