Crime

6 arrested for black-marketing tickets of Barabati match

Cuttack: A special squad of Commissionerate Police arrested six persons for black-marketing the tickets in the city on Sunday, hours after angry cricket fans broke barricades after failing to get tickets for the T20 international cricket match between India and Sri Lanka scheduled to be played on December 20.

As many as 39 tickets were seized from them, police said.

As per Cuttack DCP Akhilesvar Singh, acting on a tip-off, a special team of Cantonment Police conducted raids at various places near the stadium and nabbed them on charges of black-marketing the tickets. Police also recovered 40 tickets from their possession.

Police are interrogating the arrested black-marketers to find out the involvement of others and extract more information about the matter, added Singh.

Notably, after the Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) announced that tickets for gallery no 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7 were over, some of the cricket lovers got fumed and alleged black-marketing of the tickets. The irate cricket fans later broke the barricades and ransacked the ticket counters in the presence of police yesterday.

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