A Mumbai-based man who reportedly traveled in local and express trains for as many as 23 years without getting caught was recently nabbed. The man reportedly posed as ‘railway staff’ to avoid checking and inspection from the administration.

It was only during the interrogation that it was revealed that the man was not personnel from the staff but a “railway contractor”. The accused was identified as Paresh Arvindbhai Patel.

According to a Free press report, a ticket checker from the Western Railway’s special squad recently held Patel after a special initiative was conducted against ticketless passengers traveling at the Churchgate railway station.

During the inspection, examiner Abdul Aziz Abdul Hamid asked Patel to show his ticket. To this, Patel refuted to provide the ticket and instead claimed that he was from “railway staff”. When he was asked to provide relevant identity document, Patel simply handed a document made back in 2000.

The condition of the document was tattered, which made the ticket examiner more suspicious. When the accused was put into a sustained interrogation, he confessed to being a contractor and not an employee.

The accused was brought to the Government Railway Police and an FIR was registered under multiple sections of IPC, including section 420 (cheating).

The Facts of the Matter

For petty thieves who commit a simple crime actively for days, and weeks, and often months, getting caught is a possibility they gradually stop entertaining. This makes such culprits, often vulnerable of getting caught randomly.

In one such incident, a criminal, who posed as ‘railway staff’ and traveled in Mumbai local trains and express trains for a period of 23 years, was finally arrested. The accused was identified as Paresh Arvindbhai Patel.


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Drive Against Ticketless Passengers

The accused was arrested when the Western Railway’s special squad was conducting a drive against ticketless passengers. The drive was being conducted at the Churchgate railway police station in Mumbai.

Abdul Aziz Abdul Hamid, working as a ticket examiner for the special squad asked Patel to show his ticket. To this, Patel claimed that he is part of “railway staff”. Acting on his suspicion, Hamid asked Patel to show any relevant document and identification to prove he works with the railway.


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Accused Produces Fake Document

Patel handed over a fake document he had gotten made from 2000s which was torn and unrecognizable. Getting all the more suspicious, ticket examiner Hamid asked Patel’s “grade pay” which he couldn’t answer again.

Confessing to Posing as “Staff”

The special squad became all the more doubtful and took Patel into questioning. On sustained interrogation, Patel confessed that he was a railway “contractor” and not from the staff.

Further, the pass that Patel showed to the squad actually belonged to another employee from Gujarat. Patel had reportedly made another pass and put a railway seal on it based on the first pass.


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Accused Booked

The accused was immediately handed over to the Government Railway Police and an FIR was registered against him under multiple sections of IPC, including section 420 (cheating), Section 465 (punishment for forgery), Section 471 (Using as genuine a forged document), and more.

 

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