The Southern Railway has written a letter to the Tamil Nadu police saying that police personnel, both on and off duty, were travelling in suburban as well as express trains without valid tickets causing inconvenience to passengers who have paid for seats.

Senior divisional commercial manager of Chennai Railway Division has written the letter addressed to the Tamil Nadu director general of police, Chennai city police commissioner and additional director general of police (Railways).

In the letter the Senior Divisional Commercial Manager said that whenever the police personnel were asked to produce their travel tickets or passes by the Travelling Ticket Examiners (TTEs), they only showed the identity cards and continued their journey.

The official said that if police personnel were found to be travelling without tickets, necessary action would be taken to collect penalty from them as per rules.

The police department issues a warrant authorising police personnel to travel free in trains while on duty. “The railway is perhaps referring to police personnel in uniform travelling from home to work in suburban trains. We have not received any such complaint before, firm instructions will be issued in this regard,” a senior police official told the Hindu.