The Railway Protection Force (RPF) has arrested nine hundred and ninety-four people in connexion with a software called ‘Real Mango,’ which was used illegally to purchase tickets on special trains in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to RPF Director-General Arun Kumar, fake train tickets valued 87.70 lakhs were banned based on data they had obtained and 239 operators included total arrest.
“On August 9, a software called Rare (Real) Mango was traced. On investigation, it was revealed that it had to do with fraud in railway ticketing and a man named Pankaj Kumar Prajapati was arrested from Pratapgarh. A detailed campaign was further carried out based on inputs received by the RPF. People connected to the network used phone numbers and KYCs of laborers and poor people to get railway tickets and open accounts.” Says Arun Kumar.
Its network has been unearthed and the system has been decimated. 50 people have been nabbed. It was an all-India operation. They used cryptocurrency so that their money trail can't be traced: RPF DG Arun Kumar on an illegal train ticket booking software pic.twitter.com/nmWeM2OA6E
— ANI (@ANI) September 8, 2020
“On the basis of information received from Pankaj Kumar Prajapati, three more individuals, called Matiar Khan aka Subir Biswas aka Amit Roy and Rehan Khan aka Shamsher Ansari were arrested. Further investigation revealed more names and consequently, more arrests. Subhendu Biswas, also known as Mango Sir, the person handling the entire network was also arrested,” Kumar added.
“’Mango Sir’s business manager Rahul Roy aka ‘Mango Guy’ and the developer of the software, Chandra Gupta, were also caught. So far, more than 50 people of this network have been found in Pratapgarh, Silchar, Surat, and Kolkata.” DG further added.
Kumar said payments were made by the system using crypto-currency which was later converted to normal cash by multiple methods.
“This network and the software have been completely destroyed by the RPF. There is no link of this network with earlier such cases or Anti-national groups in any other country,” added Kumar.
He notified people not to buy tickets through unlicensed vendors because not only do they cost more money, but if the network gets caught, they can’t travel using the ticket, so the money gets wasted. He called upon citizens to purchase only from authorized vendors.