According to the Agency Sources, a number of online software allegedly used by the travel agents to trick Tatkal Booking System have come under scanner of CBI during its probe against its techie who had developed a similar system.
Software allowed simultaneous booking of a large number of railway tickets at the single click of the mouse
They were being used to trick railway ticketing system by speeding up booking process and allowing purchase of the multiple tickets.
Sources stated that Software work on the “auto fill” system. Details of a large number of ticket-seekers are entered and kept ready even before the Tatkal bookings open on IRCTC website.
These software speed up PNR generating process by bypassing IRCTC Captcha and allowing login with the multiple IDs. Thus a large number of bookings can be done simultaneously at single click of the mouse.
During its probe against CBI Programmer, Ajay Garg, Agency noticed a large number of software that were easily available online for a price.
Exploiting vulnerabilities in IRCTC’s Online Ticket Booking System, an Assistant Programmer with CBI allegedly developed an illegal software package that allowed swift and simultaneous booking of hundreds of Tatkal tickets in one go. The software was being used by several ticketing agents, for which accused received huge payments in Bitcoins and through “Hawala” channel.
Based on a tip-off, CBI arrested the Assistant Programmer, Ajay Garg, and his accomplice Anil Gupta, who allegedly sold software to the agents.
About a dozen agents in Uttar Pradesh’s Jaunpur and Mumbai were using this software, have been identified.
Total 15 people have been named in the FIR. Among them are Garg’s wife, his parents, his sister and brother-in-law for their alleged involvement in Conspiracy.