Several cases of fake ID card holders travelling in the special sub-urban services in Mumbai have been identified by the Western Railway zone.
The Western Railway (WR) zone has said that some individuals use fake ID cards in Mumbai for travelling on local trains, which operates one of the world's busiest sub-urban services.
According to a railway official of Western Railway zone, "On an average, daily 20 cases of dubious/suspicious ID cases have been detected and penalized."
On 15 June, Indian Railways began operations of suburban services in Mumbai only for the particular necessary categories of personnel, as notified by the Government.
According to a Western Railway official," During one of the special drives at Borivali station, a person with a laminated Identity Card was detected, which looked suspicious. The ID cum authority had the picture of the holder with Aadhar card with WR logo along with letter number. On further probing of the suspect about his nature and place of work, it was revealed that he works at a construction site in Borivali and had procured the authority letter fraudulently".
Likewise, a passenger with a forged Identification Card was caught at Andheri station in another such periodic ticket checking operation. He disclosed during the course of the questioning that he works in a photocopier shop and his supervisor even gave him fake ID cards for other employees.
At Borivali station, two other individuals were nabbed for carrying fake ID cards provided by the same agent. The agent has been detained and is on parole now. Another person detained with a suspicious ID card admitted to acquiring a false ID card from BMC cleaning workers at the cost of Rs. 1000/- in another checking operation at Mira Lane, and was handed over to the GRP after questioning. In yet another instance, a person getting down at vile Parle station and holding MCGM ID card was questioned about his nature of job.
He confessed to working in Vile Parle for a private company and was subsequently handed over to GRP and FIR registered in the false ID case, too.
Under different parts of the Indian Penal Code, a total of five FIR cases have been registered with GRP in fraud detection cases. A total of 4,555 cases of non-ticket & un-booked cases of luggage have been reported and a penalty amount of Rs. 23.24 lakhs has been recovered.
At present, 506 special suburban services are provided by Western Railway for Critical Services Employees, as notified by Govt. Around Maharashtra. In view of the current pandemic scenario, WR has indicated that as informed by the Govt, only clear important categories of employees. Maharashtra, in these particular suburban services, can fly. In recent developments in this regard, however, Western Railway has identified a number of instances of fake ID card holders travelling on special suburban services.