IIT Genius Arrested For Creating App To Book Train Tickets Faster Than IRCTC App; Police Says He Broke Laws
An IITian, who intended to build a railway ticket booking app to make booking easier for passengers has been arrested.
There are countless apps that act as an alternative to the IRCTC’s railway ticket booking app, and the IITians app is not an exception to this. Read on to find out why he was arrested right here!
IITian Arrested For Developing Apps To Book Railway Tickets
A pass out of IIT Kharagpur, Tirupur native S Yuvarajaa created the ‘Super Tatkal’ and ‘Super Tatkal Pro’ railway ticket booking apps. However, despite these apps not being the only ones to offer railway ticket booking options, he is the only one to be arrested for designing such an app.
As per reports, the accusation on S Yuvarajaa is that he created an online platform that will allow customers to book railway tickets and pay through a coin based system which bypasses the IRCTC ticket booking system.
Apparently, he created both the apps for Android systems in 2016 and they were an immediate hit. However, these apps were removed from Google and are unavailable for download as well.
As per reports, he was tracked down by the Cyber Cell of Railway Protection Force (RPF) in Chennai with the help of server source code, application source code, end-users list and his bank statements.
Southern Railway principal chief security commissioner Birendra Kumar said, “He created a software to book tickets faster and he was not even an authorised agent of IRCTC.”
As per some rail officials, these online ticket booking apps built by S Yuvarajaa were fast, and therefore it isn’t fair to people who were trying to book tickets through the IRCTC’s official website.
Twitter User, Friend Of Accused Claims False Allegations
However, a Twitter user who claims he is a friend of the accused has said, “A classmate of mine in college has been arrested by police for creating an app that auto-filled ticket booking webpages of @RailMinIndia. It didn’t even auto-fill captchas and obviously payment happened to railways directly and yet he is being accused of creating ‘fake app’ and swindling money per police statements to media (who have written stories based on it as if it is the gospel truth). :-( Even mild innovation is a crime in India. This is the reality of @_DigitalIndia Indian govt keeps talking about.”
We wonder what the truth is! If we get any updates, we will keep you informed!