A 66-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of obtaining discounts on train travel by submitting forged certificates of cancer. The issue came to light after the man made multiple appearances claiming to be a former CBI official and forced railway workers to issue an emergency ticket. A trap was set by the railway police and the anti-fraud team of the Voltaire Division, and the accused was on the spot. Divisional Rail Manager Anup Satpathy applauded the anti-fraud team and the Waltair Divisional Rail Police for their excellent work in apprehending the accused.
Rail offers discounted fares for the listed disabled and chronically ill. But some abuse these facilities by adopting malicious practices.
The accused, identified as Trinadh Murthy of Hyderabad, recently submitted a copy of a certificate purportedly issued by the Municipal Hospital claiming that he was a cancer patient, thereby booking the Hyderabad-Visa Kapatenango Tickets for the Davali Express train.
During the verification process, the railway anti-fraud team found the certificate to be false. Upon investigation, the defendant admitted that he had produced a false certificate and used it to provide concessions for his travel. The convicted man also admitted that he had feuded with railway officials, posing as a former CBI officer. He has some pre-booked tickets with the same offer. He admitted his fraud in writing, mentioning that he had recently lost his sister and wife to cancer and continued to do so to take advantage of reduced train fares.
He took the Godavari Express from Hyderabad to Visakhapatnam. When the train arrived at Visakhapatnam Station on Saturday, inspectors found Murthy was in a coach with a discounted ticket. He was subsequently arrested and registered under the Indian Penal Code Section for cheating and forgery by the railway police.