City police move against ticket black marketing

The move comes in the wake of the recent violence that occurred when a large number of cricket fans thronged the stadium to buy tickets for the India-England match and subsequent arrests of a few persons on the charge of selling tickets in black market.

It was alleged that a fraction of the total tickets were sold through the counters.
The draft order has been titled as Regulation of Sale of Tickets or Passes for Admission to the Places of Public Amusement (Bangalore City) Order, 2011.

It will be applicable to all places of public amusement and programmes of public amusement conducted within the limits of the Commissionerate of Police, Bangalore City, said City Police Commissioner Shankar M Bidari.

The draft order requires the organisers to ensure at least 50 per cent of the tickets are sold across the counter. In case tickets for an event are sold or issued through internet, they should not exceed 50 per cent of those issued.

The absence of a rule preventing black marketing of tickets or passes sold for various entertainment programmes including cricket matches and music shows has given scope for black marketing of the tickets and non-availability of the tickets for the members of the public and has further given scope for untoward incidents having a bearing on the public order.

Hence, it is considered necessary, in the interest of maintenance of public order and peace and prevention of untoward incidents, to frame an order for prevention of the illicit and arbitrary sale of tickets and black marketing of the tickets for the programmes organised at the places of public amusement, added Bidari.

The objections and suggestions should be sent to the Legal Advisor, Office of the Commissioner of Police, No.1, Infantry Road, Bangalore - 560 001, either by post or in person, stated the Commissioner.     

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