PMPML conductor held for using fake e-Ticket machine to steal Rs 1,700

PMPML has registered a criminal offence against one of its conductors for allegedly carrying a duplicate electronic ticket issuing machine (ETIM) and forging documents to steal Rs 1,700 ticket money from passengers.

Police Friday arrested Pradip Kavthale, the conductor and Sandip Kale, a supervisor employed with Vansh Infotech, the company that supplies the ETIMs. Sant Tukaram Nagar Depot Manager S B Waghere had registered a complaint at Landewadi police chowki on March 23.

Praveen Ashtikar, joint managing director, PMPML said, "Last Saturday, the ticket checkers who were on duty checked the 'way-bill' of the conductor after he suspected foul play. It was found the conductor had kept a duplicate copy of the 'way-bill' which is not permitted.

After the checker reported this to the higher authorities, it was found the e-ticket machine he was using was not authorised. Taking note of the matter, I directed the depot manager to register a police complaint against the conductor and the supervisor of Vansh Infotech."

Senior inspector D B Patil said, "The conductor and the supervisor have been booked under the section 408 (Criminal breach of trust by a public servant) and 420 (cheating). As of now we know that by using a duplicate ETIM machine and forging the 'way-bill' they stole Rs 1,700 of ticket money."

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