New Delhi: Officials of Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) have unearthed a gang involved in the manufacturing and usage of fake tickets and passes for buses. The racket had been operational for the past several months. The illegal practice has accounted for huge financial losses to DTC.

According to the officials, “DTC was losing 30 percent of its total revenue in the scam.”

On several occasions in the past, the DTC checking staff had caught the conductors red-handed but never reported the matter as they were also hand in glove with the criminals.

According to the officials, “The corrupt conductors used to bribe the checking officials every time they were caught. Some of the DTC officials were aware of the scam but did not take any action against the guilty.”

Officials said, “DTC has nabbed two conductors from Sarojini Nagar Depot and Rajghat Depot. But it is believed that there may be several depots involved in it.”

According to sources, “When the investigating team of DTC nabbed Rajender from Rajghat Depot on Monday he sent an SMS to his accomplices and alerted them about the raid.”

According to the sources, “The fake tickets were sold mainly in outer Delhi, East Delhi, South Delhi, Badarpur and villages in the Capital.” 

A printing press was used for printing the fake tickets and passes. DTC has deployed an intelligence team to nab the gang.

Naresh Kumar DTC chairman said, “We have been investigating the matter from all angles. The help of Delhi police has been sought. We have suspended the corrupt conductors and we are keeping an eye on other officials.”