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Rashmi Rekha Das

Black marketers are raking in moolahs by selling tickets online at exorbitant prices for the one day international match between India and South Africa which will be played at Barabati Stadium on June 12.

Going by the report, miscreants have purchased tickets in bulk and now sell them for huge amounts online. Miscreants have also taken to a digital formula to earn a quick buck. They have come up with an advertisement in OLX to sell tickets. 

Sources said a ticket worth Rs 700 of Gallery 2 was sold for Rs 5,000 and Gallery 3 ticket carrying a tag of Rs 900 was sold at over Rs 5,000.Original price of a ticket of Gallery 4 is Rs 7,000 but that is sold for Rs 15,000.  In the advertisement available in OLX, a person can be seen holding more than 10 tickets when a person is entitled to buy only two tickets, be it online of offline.

A few labourer class women were found standing in the queue on Thursday during the counter sale of tickets for India-South Africa. It was learnt from people standing behind them that these women were not interested to watch the match. Even they did not know the names of the two teams going to play in the ODI. But they wanted to make a fast buck by selling the tickets in black market to cricket crazy fans.   

According to sources, offline tickets for the general public were made available at different counters of Barabati Stadium on June 9 and 10, 2022. Earlier, around 5,000 tickets have been sold online for the upcoming match. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik purchased the first offline ticket of the T20 match. 

Earlier, the Commissionerate Police had nabbed six persons on charge of black-marketing of tickets ahead of India-Sri Lanka T20 match at Barabati Stadium held on December 20 in 2017.

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