New Delhi: Over 13 lakh train passengers were caught travelling without tickets in October this year with the maximum number of such cases reported in Northern Railway.

Railways detected 13,87,087 ticketless commuters in October this year as against 12,13,586 passengers in the corresponding period last year.

The maximum case of ticketless travel was detected by Northern Railway (3,04,900), followed by Eastern Railway (2,13,000) and Western Railway (1,54,942). East Coast Railway reported the minimum cases of ticketless travel at 20,880 persons.

Railways realised Rs 5,52,262 as penalty from these passengers travelling without tickets as against Rs 4,48,911 collected in October last year.

The drive against ticketless travel is a continuous exercise and surprise checking were conducted at several stations to detect such cases, a senior Railway official said.

Railways has apprehended 2,369 touts during January to October this year for illegal sale of train tickets.

"Some cases of touts purchasing train tickets in fictitious names and selling the same to other passengers in premium have come to notice," the official said.

Railways had revised the Tatkal scheme from November 21, to prevent misuse and help genuine passengers.

"Further, in order to curb the activities of touts indulging in black-marketing of tickets, preventive checks are conducted in and around railway reservation offices," he said.