AGARTALA, July 22 (IANS): The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) registered 171,578 cases of ticketless or improper travel in the April-June quarter, collecting Rs 12.06 crore in fines, said an official on Friday.
On an average, 1,910 cases a day were registered in the first quarter of financial year 2016-17 in the northeast for travelling without ticket or with an irregular ticket against 1,440 such cases in the same period of the previous year, shows the data maintained by NFR.
NFR's Public Relations Officer S.K. Ojah said: "13,467 cases of passengers travelling with excess or un-booked luggage were also detected during April to June in the Northeast region, mostly in Assam, and more than Rs 16 lakh was realised as fine."
"Drives against ticketless travelling and carrying of goods without charge would be stepped up in future," Ojah added.
The NFR's 'flying squads' have been making surprise raids in trains and at railway stations against ticketless and improper travelling.
"To discourage ticketless travel, the NFR has put systems in place whereby abrupt swift checks are conducted by flying squads," Ojah said.