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Cops end sadhu

Railway police caught him selling a ticket he had tampered with, also recovered 57 other tickets from him

Nilesh Nikade, Mumbai Mirror, 29 Jan 2006

A sadhu was caught by Special TC batch of Central Railway at Kalyan for allegedly tampering with tickets and selling them to passengers. Sadhu Ramkisan Ramdulari Yadav (31) was handed over to Kalyan railway police, who recovered 57 used railway tickets of various destinations from him. Of the tickets recovered from Yadav, 27 had been tampered with.

Assistant chief ticket inspector Vimal Kapoor spotted Yadav coming out of a sleeper class compartment of Pushpak express with Mohammed Sabir.

“I asked him to show me his ticket. The date on the ticket had been changed from January 20 to January 28. When I asked him to come to the office he offered me bribe of Rs 800. That is when I got even more suspicious. I called my colleagues and we handed him over to GRP Kalyan,” said Kapoor.

Investigations revealed that Yadav had cheated Sabir by promising him a ticket at a concessional rates.

“I needed to go to Lucknow. Yadav along with another person approached me and said they had an extra ticket to Amethi. He told me he would give it to me at a concessional rate because he was handicapped and had got it 25 per cent cheaper. Yadav took me to the sleeper class compartment. But the ticket checker asked us to go to the unreserved compartment. As we were getting down at Kalyan station the TC caught us,” said Sabir who is a BMC employee.

Police seized Yadav’s certificate of handicap and are verifying its authenticity.

S S Bagul, sub-inspector, Kalyan railway police said, “He had even offered biscuits and eatables to Sabir. We are investigating whether he had any intention of drugging Sabir and running away with his belongings. There have been many such cases in our area lately.”

Sabir said, “Yadav was insisting that I eat a biscuit he was offering but I refused it.” No drugs were recovered from Yadav, who denied robbing Sabir or having links to a gang.

Yadav has now detained under IPC 420, 468, 471 relating to cheating and presenting false documents. Police are on the lookout for his accomplices.